For the first time in history, the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), a prototype developed under the government’s Make In India concept, fired two rounds from the Red Fort. The firing took place on 2nd August 2022, as part of their practice firing, alongside the Ceremonial 25 Pounder Guns. These practice firings which constitute the famous 21 Gun salute are part of rehearsals for Independence Day celebrations 2022.
For the first time ever, indigenous guns built by DRDO, will be firing during the Ceremonial Gun Salute along with the ’25 Pounder British guns’ which were traditionally fired till now.
The DRDO team of Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) led by a serving Lieutenant Colonel is responsible for getting these firing practices conducted.
ATAGS has already proved its mettle in the recently conducted summer trials at Pokhran in May 2022 and are currently undergoing DGQA evaluation.
The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) project started in 2013 by DRDO to replace older guns in service in the Indian Army with a modern 155mm artillery gun.
DRDO laboratory Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) has partnered with Bharat Forge Limited and Tata Advanced Systems Limited for the manufacturing of this specialised gun.
ATAGS, the155mm caliber gun has a firing range of 48 kms. With advanced features like high mobility, quick deployability, auxiliary power mode, advanced communication system, automatic command and control system with night capability in direct-fire mode, the gun is a world class system which fires in Bi-modular charge system in Zone 7. It is noteworthy that no other Gun in the world is known to have that capability yet.
As per information received from highly placed DRDO officials, the gun is designed to provide one the best accuracy and consistency in gun systems around the world.
The specialised Gun System is compatible with C3I systems like the Artillery Combat Command and Control System (ACCCS) called Shakti for technical fire control, fire planning, deployment management, operational logistics management of the Indian Army.