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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Representatives from the Philippines have visited Kalyani Strategic Systems (KSS) to inspect the company’s artillery guns, highlighting potential interest in acquiring these advanced weapons platforms. This development comes amidst reports that India has offered the Philippines its ATAGS guns, a towed 155 mm/52 calibre howitzer.

The ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System) is a highly capable 155 mm/52 calibre howitzer developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in collaboration with Bharat Forge. It boasts a maximum range of 48 kilometers and is known for its precision, accuracy, and rate of fire. This versatile weapon has already secured an order for 90 units from Armenia and is expected to be inducted into the Indian Army with an order for 307 units.

KSS also showcased its MArG 155/39 truck-mounted gun to Filipino officials. This self-propelled artillery system offers superior mobility and flexibility compared to towed guns, making it ideal for rapid deployment and engagement. It features a 155 mm/39 calibre gun with a maximum range of 39 kilometres, making it a formidable weapon for various battlefield scenarios.

The Philippines is no stranger to Indian arms, having been the first international buyer of the Indo-Russian-made BrahMos cruise missiles. This latest visit by Filipino officials indicates a further strengthening of military ties between the two nations and potentially opens the door for lucrative arms deals.

The potential export of ATAGS and MArG guns to the Philippines presents a significant opportunity for India’s booming defence industry. It not only strengthens India’s strategic partnership with the Philippines but also showcases the country’s growing expertise in developing and manufacturing advanced weaponry. This success could pave the way for further international sales of Indian-made weapons in the future.

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