DRDO ATAGS: A top Indian defence scientist Sunday endorsed the homemade Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) for boosting Indian Army’s firepower as it grapples with an aggressive Chinese PLA in Ladakh region, saying with the gun ready to be produced in the country in short span of time, the army does not need to import the weapon system.
Top DRDO scientist and ATAGS project director Shailendra V Gade said the gun system was far better than the legendary Bofors in the Indian Army and any other artillery guns in the world including the ATHOS gun offered by Israeli defence giant Elbit Systems.
Shailendra Gade said the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) howitzer is the best gun in the world with the capability to strike targets at the longest range of 48 kilometres.
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He said the indigenous gun can meet the Indian Army’s full requirement of 1,800 artillery guns systems and there was no need for imports in this field.
ATAGS has already fired over 2,000 rounds in Sikkim near the China border and Pokhran near the Pakistan border.
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The ATAGS has been developed by the DRDO, and it is produced by Indian defence companies – Bharat Forge Ltd and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL).
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