New Delhi: An indigenous artillery gun, Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), being jointly developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the private sector has set a new world record in range by hitting targets at a distance of 48 km.
“During trial firings at Pokhran ranges last week, ATAGS registered the longest ever distance of 48.074 kms, surpassing the maximum ranges of 35-40 kms fired by any artillery gun system in this category,” an industry source told The Hindu.In a major milestone, Kalyani Group 155mm
Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) hit a world record by achieving a target firing range of just over 48 kilometers. It broke the last record of TATA Power’s ATAGS that hit the target from more than 43 kilometers.
The Kalyani Group built the 155-millimeter, 52-caliber ATAGS as per the design initiated by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). DRDO initiated the same to TATA Power as well for developing the system.
“The Indian Army has already bought 145 M777 guns. But, by March , my indigenous ultra-light howitzer will be ready to compete with the BAE Systems gun,” promises Kalyani.
Such development by a private firm is really a morale booster for the home companies. It also boosts “Make in India” initiative started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.