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The Indian Army is taking a significant step towards bolstering its artillery capabilities with plans to procure up to 1200 next-generation Towed Gun Systems (TGS), with an initial order for 400 units. This procurement initiative represents a crucial advancement in the modernization of India’s artillery forces.

The TGS, designed to be within the 15-ton weight category, will incorporate a range of state-of-the-art upgrades and features to enhance its performance and versatility. Among these enhancements are:

  1. Laser-Based Ignition: The TGS will utilize laser-based ignition technology, which offers several advantages, including improved reliability and precision in firing.
  2. Software-Defined Radio (SDR): SDR will enable secure communication, ensuring that the TGS remains interconnected and capable of seamless communication in diverse operational scenarios.
  3. Hybrid Drive: The inclusion of a hybrid drive system will enable the TGS to efficiently move from its firing position. This feature enhances mobility and adaptability during operations.
  4. Lithium-Ion Batteries: The TGS will be equipped with Lithium-ion batteries, enabling silent mode operations for shorter distances. This capability is particularly valuable for stealthy and covert manoeuvres.

In addition to these technological advancements, the TGS will be equipped with a robust global positioning system (GPS) and an inertial navigation-based sight system. This ensures precise location fixing and orientation capabilities for the system, further enhancing its accuracy and effectiveness.

The fire-control system (FCS) integrated into the TGS will provide an optical sight for both day and night indirect firing, ensuring that the system can operate effectively in various lighting conditions.

Several private sector companies, including Bharat Forge, Tata Defence, and L&T, are expected to participate in the procurement process in response to the Request for Information (RFI). These companies are known for their expertise in defence technology and manufacturing.

One of the standout features of the next-gen TGS is its expanded range of specialized ammunition, including Ramjet-powered artillery shells. These advanced munitions can engage targets at remarkable distances, reaching up to 80-100 kilometers. This extended range significantly enhances the TGS’s capability to engage and neutralize distant threats.

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