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In a significant move to modernize its artillery capabilities, the Indian Army has received the green light from the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) to procure a state-of-the-art Towed Gun System (TGS). The DAC, chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, granted Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for the procurement of these advanced guns on November 30, 2023.

The new TGS is expected to be lighter, more versatile, and feature-packed compared to the existing artillery systems. This enhanced firepower and precision will significantly bolster the Indian Army’s ability to defend its borders and deter potential adversaries.

To meet the army’s requirements, an estimated 1,200 of these advanced 155mm/52 calibre guns will be procured from the Indian industry. This presents a substantial opportunity for domestic defence manufacturers, with companies like Larsen and Toubro, Tata Defence, and Bharat Forge expected to compete for the order.

The procurement of the TGS will be undertaken under the Buy (Indian-IDDM) (Indigenously Designed, Developed, and Manufactured) category, prioritizing domestic production and strengthening India’s self-reliance in defence manufacturing.

The new TGS is expected to surpass the advanced towed artillery gun system (ATAGS), developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which is currently in the process of acquisition. The Indian Army’s TGS will surpass the ATAGS in terms of weight and advanced features.

The DAC’s approval of the AoN marks a crucial step towards equipping the Indian Army with this critical artillery system. The first batch of TGS is anticipated to be delivered to the Indian Army within the next few years.

The induction of the new TGS into the Indian Army’s arsenal will significantly enhance its artillery capabilities, providing a formidable deterrent against potential threats. The system’s enhanced mobility, accuracy, and integrated technologies will bolster India’s defensive posture and strengthen its ability to safeguard its borders.

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