The purchase of 307 advanced towed artillery gun systems (ATAGS) for the Indian Army has approved by The Defence Acquisition Council, headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, The DRDO created the home-made 155mm/52 calibre ATAGS. Leading private sector companies Bharat Forge and Tata Advanced Systems are the production partners.
It is an effective gun system with the ability to fire future Long Range Guided Munitions (LRGM) for pin-point accuracy and devastating depth. This is meant to replace or supplement the 155mm FH77B Swedish Bofors Gun and the 130mm M-46 Soviet Gun, both of which are currently receiving improvements. These gun systems have been a part of the arsenal of the Indian Army for over 40 years.
The ATAGS are more effective and simple to use than older weaponry. It has features like an automatic ammunition handling system with a six-round burst capability and a self-propelled mode. Additionally, it has a maximum range of 48 km. Its towing speed is 60 km/h, and the gun’s elevation angle is between
The ATAGS also finished the high-altitude trials in Sikkim, where it successfully completed 500+ km in perilous high-altitude terrain up to 15,400 feet and set a new record by firing at a height of more than 13,000 feet. High Explosive Extended Range Full Bore Projectile with Base Bleed has a recorded range of up to 48 Km (ERFB-BB).
Additionally, the gun has a large chamber volume of 25 litres, allowing for up-gunning and the use of precision-capable long-range ammunition in the future.
The nodal laboratory of the DRDO for the design and development of ATAGS, along with other DRDO facilities, is the Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) in Pune.