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The Indian Army has gained a significant boost in its artillery capabilities with the induction of a new Mounted Gun System (MGS). Developed by the Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (VRDE) in Ahmednagar, the MGS is a self-propelled artillery system based on a solo 8×8 high mobility vehicle. It is equipped with a 152 mm/52 caliber Towed Artillery Gun, which offers accurate target acquisition and destruction of enemies.

Prior to its induction into the Indian Army, the MGS underwent rigorous testing to ensure its performance and reliability. Technical trials were conducted at NCAT (VRDE) and on beaten desert and cross-country tracks at PFFR. Firing trials were also carried out at Pokhran Field Firing Ranges (PFFR), evaluating the system’s range, consistency, arc of fire, and direct firing capabilities.

The MGS is equipped with a shoot-and-scoot capability, allowing it to fire and quickly relocate to avoid enemy counterfire. The system is also fitted with an auto gun alignment and positioning system, fire-control system (FCS), and ammunition handling system.

The MGS has a maximum firing range of 45 kilometers and a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. The elevation angle of the gun ranges from 0° to +72°. The system can carry 24 projectiles along with an appropriate quantity of bi-modular charge system (BMCS).

The MGS can accommodate seven soldiers and has a burst rate of fire of three rounds in 30 seconds. The system can also achieve an intense rate of fire of 12 rounds in three minutes.

The successful firing trials of the MGS are a significant milestone for the DRDO and the Indian Army. The system is expected to boost the Indian Army’s artillery capabilities and provide it with a much-needed edge on the battlefield.

Key Features of the MGS

  • Shoot-and-scoot capability
  • Auto gun alignment and positioning system
  • Fire-control system (FCS)
  • Ammunition handling system
  • Maximum firing range of 45 kilometers
  • Maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour
  • Elevation angle of 0° to +72°
  • Ammunition-carrying capacity of 24 projectiles
  • Burst rate of fire of three rounds in 30 seconds
  • Intense rate of fire of 12 rounds in three minutes

Significance of the MGS

  • Boosts the Indian Army’s artillery capabilities
  • Provides the Indian Army with a much-needed edge on the battlefield

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