India completes validation trials of ATAGS gun system


by Jon Grevatt

India has completed validation trials of the 155mm/52 caliber ATAGS system, developed by DRDO and private industry. The gun is pictured above at the DefExpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai. (Janes/Guruprasad Gangaramaiah)

The Defense Research and Development Organization of India (DRDO) has concluded the validation trials of the locally developed 155mm/52 Caliber Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for the Indian Army.

The gun system’s co-developer, Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL), said in a tweet that assessments of ATAGS’ “Preliminary Quality of Service Requirements” (PSQR) were conducted on May 2. .

The DRDO said the PSQR trials took place at its Pokhran ranges in Rajasthan, northern India, from April 26 to May 2. According to the DRDO and TASL, the trials successfully proved the reliability and performance of the gun system.

A DRDO official was quoted by
The Hindu
newspaper saying that further ATAGS testing is planned for May – for electromagnetic compatibility and for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) Directorate General of Quality Assurance – ahead of the possible publication of an application document proposals (RFP) later this year.

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