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India and Germany recently held their High Defence Committee (HDC) meeting in Berlin, marking a significant step forward in their bilateral defence partnership. During the meeting, officials from the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) presented a proposal for India’s Mounted Gun System (MGS) tender.

KMW’s proposal centers around the AGM Iveco 8×8, a mounted gun system built on an 8×8 wheeled chassis. This system boasts several features that cater to the Indian Army’s specific requirements:

  • Transfer of Technology (ToT): KMW has offered to share technology with India for the production and maintenance of the AGM Iveco 8×8. 
  • Enhanced Survivability: The AGM Iveco 8×8 prioritizes crew safety, offering superior protection against mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and ballistic threats. This aligns with India’s focus on modernizing its armed forces with equipment that prioritizes crew safety in contemporary warfare scenarios.
  • Firepower and Flexibility: The system combines a proven NATO-JBMoU 155mm/L52 main gun with an unmanned Automated Gun Module (AGM). This unique combination delivers powerful artillery capabilities with a firing range of up to 54 km, covering a full 360° azimuth. Additionally, the system maintains a wide range of elevation and charge options, providing operational flexibility.
  • Improved Crew Protection: The AGM Iveco 8×8 incorporates a separate crew compartment and operator stations. This design enhances crew protection while preserving the artillery capabilities of the system, drawing inspiration from the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer.

India’s DRDO already has developed ATAGS MGS based on Tatra 8×8 and Recent Adani-ElbIt also plans to offer its ATMOS, a 155mm/52 caliber truck-mounted howitzer.

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