Officials stated that the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) met all of the Army’s technical requirements.
It was announced this week that the indigenous Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in collaboration with the commercial sector, has successfully completed the validation trials necessary to meet the Army’s requirements.
Testing for the Preliminary Service Quality Requirements (PSQR) validation retrials was conducted at the Pokhran field firing ranges from April 26 to May 2 over the course of a week.
dr”The reliability of the cannons was demonstrated by the successful completion of the two-second line of firing.” During the trials, accuracy and consistency were attained, and burst and intense timed series were effectively appraised, according to a DRDO official.
After that, there will be trials for Electromagnetic Interference/ Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMI/ EMC) and Director General Quality Assurance (DGQA) in May, which will be followed by a formal announcement. An invitation to submit proposals (RFP) will be issued following that. “We expect it to be completed by June.”
Specifications that are extremely strict
Officials stated that the accuracy and consistency standards were extremely demanding and that the performance during the testing was well within the specifications. “Both firms’ firearms performed admirably. After completing the re-validation trials successfully, the ATAGS will be placed into operation, according to a government official.
In collaboration with Bharat Forge and the TATA Group, the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), a Pune-based laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organization, created the ATAGS heavy artillery cannon, which has a caliber of 52mm.
PSQR fire trials for the 155/52mm ATAGS, which were developed in collaboration with the DRDO (ARDE) and TASL, were successfully completed on Monday. The true public-private partnership resulted in a world-class weapon system that was entirely designed and developed in India. As TATA Advanced Systems Limited stated on Twitter on Monday, “a military system of this nature is extremely crucial for India.”
According to a report published in August 2018, the Defence Acquisition Council approved the purchase of 150 of these guns for an estimated cost of Rs 3,365 crore, which would be shared between the two businesses. The deal will be split in a 60:40 split between the lowest bidder (L1) and the second-lowest bidder (L2). 1,580 artillery pieces in this category are needed by the Army to meet its requirements.
As previously reported, the Army had previously raised the issue of being overweight in comparison to its criteria, which officials claimed had been rectified. Officials had previously claimed that the Army wanted the weight to be around 18 tonnes so that it could be transported across the mountains, and that it is now, for the most part, in that range.
The ATAGS has exhibited a range of more than 45 kilometers, and a government official described it as “the most consistent and accurate cannon in the world.” Officials claim that it has the smallest minimum range at a high angle and the fastest mobility in desert and mountain terrain, in addition to autonomous mode shooting capability and wireless connection, among other features. According to the official, it has been built to fire all in-service ammunition and is equipped with a completely automatic ammunition management system with all electronic drives.