Trials of Artillery Guns in INDIA

Pratik Verma, INN/Hyderabad

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Confirmatory desert trials of the autochthonal Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), being developed by the Defence analysis and Development Organisation (DRDO) in conjunction with personal corporation’s Asian country Forge and TATA Power SED, can begin in June. Sources within the ATAGS development program told The Print that when the summer trials this year, orders will be placed within the business, following that the system can become operational within the soldiers. They else that the validation trials at high altitude areas, as well as quality trials in the cragged and mountainous tract are completed. The ATAGS is an element of the Army’s ordnance Rationalisation set up, that had been called for in 1999. in step with this setup, the military is meant to possess a distinct sort of artillery, as well as the towed system, that is supposed to be a 155mm x fifty-two caliber. With the worldwide procurance plans for a towed gun faltering despite multiple tries, the project for ATAGS was extended by the DRDO around 2010

Bharat Forge Artillery Gun In Final Trials Before Sale To Indian Army -  Indian Defence Times

The ATAGS, which is being developed by the DRDO with the 2 personal corporations, was laid off for the primary time in a very integrated model in 2016. This development came when the military has been following a separate method for procurement of towed guns from abroad under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The deal was for the availability of four hundred guns and autochthonal production of another one,180 guns by the Ordnance mill Board (OFB), underneath a full Transfer of Technology (TOT) method. However, the military has modified its plans and the Army’s concern and comparison Defence sources same that the event of ATAGS has been completed and is presently underneath PSQR (Weapons procurance and qualitative requirements) trials to terminate the ultimate configuration of the gun system. However, the military includes a “few problems with concern”. Sources same that the primary among these is that the side of extra weight, which can impact the operational performance of the gun system in the mountainous and high-altitude tract. The ATAGS is claimed to weigh around eighteen tonnes. compared, the territory weigh but fifteen tonnes. Those advocating for the ATAGS say that if the load is so a problem, alternative systems just like the Dhanush gun will be used for the mountains beside the lightweight howitzers in conjunction with the autochthonal towed system. “Not all guns got to operate within the same means across all terrains. In tanks, we have the T-90 and T-72 which may operate simply within the mountains and might even be airlifted there. however, we tend to even have the Arjun, that cannot operate within the same means it’d in desert areas,” a defense skilled, United Nations agency failed to want to be known, said. ATAGS program sources same the self-propelled quality of this technique is high and it’s capable of crossing all Indian bridges and tract.

They are conjointly the same that the in-weight class it’s comparable alternative comparable gun systems within the world. Industry sources same that the foremost vital accomplishment throughout the second section of PSQR Winter Trials was moving the guns to the Northern-most purpose of operational space (Lukrep) within the tableland areas of North geographical area. The movement was undertaken principally throughout the hours of darkness to facilitate undisturbed movement of tourists and civilian vehicles and at the identical time maintain the confidentiality of the gun system with our adversaries. The same that ATAGS (Bharat Forge) has incontestable economical towed movement within the treacherous track climb altitudes up to fifteen,500 ft. “Movement to Lukrep meant covering 341 kilometers and was tested over ten days. ATAGS may talk terms the otherwise un-accessible mountainous tract with steep gradient and slim Hair-Pin Bends with ease, without having to detach the Gun from the Tower. In a similar tract, alternative systems got to be unhooked and captive in self-propelled mode, thereby increasing the general period,” a supply same. He else that the entire distance traveled by the ATAGS in mountains and high altitude was 526 km as against twenty-three Kms quality take a look at in dire straits foreign guns. “So, there cannot be any doubt on the quality part of the ATAGS. The foreign gun ought to even be tested at the identical location if somebody believes that it’s higher,” the supply else. He else that the benefit with that the Asian country Forge Gun may traverse the whole stretch, stands testimony to the power of the Guns to maneuver into the remotest of places, in any variety of tract. Defense sources have conjointly voiced alternative considerations regarding the ATAGS, however.

 A second concern the same is that the “inability of the gun” system to satisfy the important performance parameters, particularly with relevance rates of the fireplace. ATAGS program sources the same that the speed of fireplace includes the burst firing of 5 rounds in one minute, intense firing of ten rounds in two-and-a-half minutes, and a sustained rate of sixty rounds in sixty minutes. In comparison, the Elbit Systems claims territory will hearth 3 rounds in thirty seconds, twelve rounds in 3 minutes, and forty-two rounds in sixty minutes. The third concern expressed is that the Sept 2020 accident throughout the interior validation trials of the ATAGS is a very target range.

The barrel of the gun burst whereas firing a spherical. Incidentally, the value is additionally an element. whereas the territory can value but Rs eleven large integer per piece, the ATAGS is claimed to have cost accounting anyplace between Rs 16-18 large integer. One space wherever the ATAGS outguns alternative systems is that they vary. The ATAGS’s vary with Extended vary Sub-Bore Boat Tail (ERFB BT) ammunition is thirty-five kilometers and with ERFB BB (Base Bleed) ammunition is forty-five kilometers. The ATAGS has truly laid off at a variety of forty-seven KMS in 2017. It is the same that once the ATAGS can finally be ordered, each personal corporation can get orders, however, the bottom bidder would get the most important share – sixty percent or additional. Both guns – Asian country Forge and TATA – have identical performance parameters and therefore the final contract is going to be awarded supported the value cited.

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