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155mm/52cal ATAGS Howitzer Successfully Tested

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  1. Chanakya's_Chant

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    Indian gun booms in world’s biggest artillery programme
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    Major milestone for DRDO-led indigenous gun project, crucial for army

    By Ajai Shukla
    Business Standard, 14th Dec 16


    At 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday, in a historic moment for India’s artillery programme, an indigenous, fully integrated, 155-millimetre artillery gun fired its first rounds of live ammunition at the Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE) in Balasore, Odisha.

    The 155-mm, 52-calibre gun, dubbed the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), has been developed by the Defence R&D Organisation (DRDO), in partnership with two private sector firms --- the Kalyani Group and Tata Power (Strategic Engineering Division) --- and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), which is owned by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

    Business Standard learns that Tuesday’s firing trials, and a second round of testing on Wednesday, met the specified parameters. Although extensive testing remains to be carried out in the months ahead, a project manager describes the actual firing as a “major milestone”.

    The shortage of 155-mm, 52-calibre artillery is widely considered the Indian Army’s most worrying shortfall. Over the preceding 18 years, several international tenders for buying 1,580 towed guns from the international arms market have stalled. Consequently, no new 155-mm guns have entered the army since the purchase of 410 Bofors howitzers 30 years ago.

    With the spectre of Bofors dogging international procurement, the DRDO charged its Pune-based Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) with the ambitious ATAGS project to develop an indigenous towed gun.

    “In the ATAGS programme, we are developing two parallel sources to cut the risk of delays. The private sector is extensively involved under the prime minister’s “Make in India” initiative. This would allow us to open two manufacturing lines, to meet the large numbers gun requirements of the services”, said Dr S Christopher, the DRDO chairman.

    One gun project is being pursued by Tata Power (SED), while the other is working in parallel under the Kalyani Group. The OFB and Bharat Forge are making the barrels.

    Going by specifications, the ATAGS is a world-beater. Its “extended range, base-bleed” ammunition has a range of 45 kilometres --- more than any 155-mm, 52 calibre gun in service. ATAGS also has an “all-electric drive”, which is more reliable than conventional hydraulic drives, and improves reaction time and accuracy.

    With each ATAGS likely to be priced at Rs 15-18 crore, the contract for building 1,580 towed guns would add up to more than Rs 25,000 crore.

    In war, most soldiers are killed or wounded by artillery fire, which is usually fired from 20-30 kilometres away. When an enemy position is to be attacked, artillery is used to pulverize it so that one’s own tanks and infantry soldiers easily overrun it, with minimal hand-to-hand fighting.

    India has about 264 artillery regiments, each having 21 guns (including reserves). Many regiments currently deploy lighter, 105-mm “field guns”, but the army plans to make 155-mm its basic gun, since its heavier shell causes more enemy casualties.

    If even 150 of India’s artillery regiments are converted to 155-mm guns, that would require 3,150 guns --- twice what was earlier tendered, adding up to about Rs 50,000 crore.

    On November 25, the defence minister told parliament that the ATAGS was one of the DRDO’s “mission mode” projects. He said the ATAGS was to have been completed by September 2015, but the date had been extended to March 2017.

    In addition, the artillery-starved army has several other gun procurements in hand. The OFB used manufacturing blueprints supplied by Swedish company, Bofors, with the controversial 1986 purchase of 410 FH-77 howitzers, to develop an indigenous 155-mm, 45-calibre gun.

    A higher calibre denotes a longer barrel and, consequently, a longer range. Upgrading the 39-calibre Bofors into the 45-calibre Dhanush has increased the gun’s range from 27 kilometres to 35 kilometres (with enhanced range ammunition).

    On August 5, the defence minister told parliament that an indent for 114 Dhanush guns had been placed with the OFB. Analysts believe that if these guns satisfy the army, the order could increase to as many as 400 guns.

    Separately, New Delhi has signed a contract with Washington for 145 ultralight guns of 155-mm, 39-calibre, built by BAE Systems in the US, the defence minister told parliament on December 2.

    In November 2014, the MoD sanctioned 814 mounted gun systems (MGS) for an estimated Rs 15,750 crore. Tenders are also out for 100 tracked (self-propelled) guns; and 180 wheeled (self-propelled) guns. All these are 155-mm, 52-calibre guns.

    Towed guns are employed in plains and foothills; tracked (self-propelled) guns are mounted in armoured vehicles to support high-mobility tank formations; wheeled (self-propelled) guns are for fast-moving, non-armoured formations; The MGS is a regular 155-millimetre gun fitted onto a high mobility vehicle, allowing it to move faster and start firing quicker than a conventional towed gun.

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    Army’s artillery black hole: 155-millimetre guns in the pipeline”

    • 1,580 towed artillery guns for Rs 25,000 crore
    • 114 Dhanush guns from Ordnance Factory Board
    • 145 Ultralight howitzers from BAE Systems for Rs 5,000 crore
    • 814 Mounted Gun Systems (MGS) for Rs 15,750 crore
    • 100 Tracked Self Propelled (SP) guns
    • 180 Wheeled Self Propelled (SP) guns
    Source:- http://ajaishukla.blogspot.in/2016/12/indian-gun-booms-in-worlds-biggest.html
     
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  2. Chanakya's_Chant

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    This will be a major achievement for DRDO. Its specs are world beater.
     
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    Can it fire Excalibur like guided rounds ?
     
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    What's this??
     
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    Gun can fire any round if it has same caliber.
     
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    DRDO had asked for 4 years for development but parrikar gave them 18 month and it is tested now.
     
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    Do we have any plan to develop something like "Excalibur". I know that it's a very very difficult task to develop such artillery shell,but we can't use insanely overpriced Excalibur in LOC in peace time.
     
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    Kaash yr every project DRDO do in mission mode and not lab TD mode. :big_boss:
    Btw any timeline for induction?
     
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    the 2 prototypes of the DRDO ATAGS

    one made by TATA (1st pic the front one) (2nd pic right side)

    one made by KALYANI (1st pic the one in the back ) (2nd pic left side) (note the autoloader from BHARAT 52 artillery gun is used in their prototype previously designed with ELBIT's help for BHARAT 52)
     
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    This is happening faster than I expected it to happen.
     
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    Load those guns and aim them toward Raisina Hill. You have a story worthy of the next XXX movie.
     
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    here u can see the autoloader on the BHARAT 52 gun , which was ported to the KALYANI version of the DRDO ATAGS as can be seen in the pic below (the gun in the background)
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