Gangtok, December 21: Winter trials for the indigenous 155mm 52-calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), jointly developed by the private sector and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in the Sikkim Sector.
A locally made gun, the 155mm 52-calibre ATAGS set a record during trials in September at Pokhran in Rajasthan, firing shells to a range of 48 km, against Army’s requirement of 40 km. The gun is set to undergo trials next month at a time when the army has begun to focus on the long-delayed artillery modernisation programme.
DRDO has partnered with Bharat Forge and Tata Power (Strategic Engineering Division) SED to develop two prototypes of the towed artillery guns as the defence ministry had sanctioned the ATAGS project in the year 2012 in September 2012.
The prototype, with a range of 40-45kilometre, is undergoing trials for testing its abilities in different climates and terrains, along with range accuracy.