The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) is a wholly indigenous towed artillery gun system project being undertaken in mission mode by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) as part of the Indian Army’s artillery modernization program. The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS).
ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System) experiments were successfully completed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in India, marking yet another significant technological achievement (DRDO).
The testing of the gun system, which is believed to be the greatest in its class in the world, was carried out at the Pokhran Field Firing Range (PFFR) between April 26 and May 2, according to the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), which was quoted by the news agency ANI.
The ATAGS is a towed 155 mm x 52 caliber howitzer that is being developed for the Indian Army by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in collaboration with private companies Bharat Forge and TATA Power SED. The ATAGS project was initiated by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in 2013 with the goal of replacing aging weapons in service with a new 155mm artillery cannon.
On the DRDO’s website, it is described as a large caliber gun system with the capability to program and fire future Long-Range Guided Munitions (LRGM) for accuracy and deep strike to accomplish precision and deep strike.
According to the prime agency, the system is configured with an all-electric drive that will enable maintenance-free and reliable performance over a longer length of time with less maintenance.
There are six components: a barrel of 6,875mm in length, a breech mechanism, a muzzle brake, and a recoil mechanism. It can fire 155 mm caliber ammunition with a range of 48 kilometers.
With advanced characteristics such as high mobility, rapid deployment, backup power, automatic command, and control system, and an advanced communication system with night vision capability when used in direct-fire mode, the howitzer is capable of taking on any threat.
According to the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), it can fire three rounds in 15 seconds while in burst mode and as many as 60 rounds in 60 minutes while operating in continuous mode.
A weight of 18 tonnes is claimed to make the gun two tonnes lighter than other guns in the same category, according to the manufacturer.
It can only be operated by a staff of 6 to 8 people at a time.