DRDO 155mm Artillery Program

Can DRDO design Artillery able to pass into mass production?


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Hari Sud

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Advanced artillery gun to be ready for user trial by September
Published June 13, 2019 | By admin

http://idrw.org/advanced-artillery-gun-to-be-ready-for-user-trial-by-september/#more-203352 .



India’s first fully integrated Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) will be ready for crucial user (army) trials by early September this year, a senior official of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told TOI on Wednesday.“A team of scientists from Pune-based Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) and army officers from the Corps of Artillery conducted a key user assistant technical trial (UATT) of the gun between May 20 and June 5 at the firing range of Pokhran in Rajasthan.

The gun has achieved all desired results during the trial, which is why we are confident of giving the gun for the army’s trials,” the official added. The gun has achieved critical technical objectives such as accuracy, range, day, night firing and mobility. “We have fired all types of ammunitions. The gun has hit a target at 45km distance. We have tested other technical parameters too,” said another senior official involved in the project.

The army and DRDO have already completed desert and high-altitude trials in Rajasthan and Sikkim in the last two years. “The gun has produced excellent results. Our endeavour is to induct the gun in the force by 2020,” added the official.The ATAGS is the first indigenous 155mm/52-calibre towed gun. It is one of the guns in the world having six-round ‘automated magazine’ that fires in 30 seconds. The gun has all-electric drive, an advantage over traditional hydraulic drives, which are common in other towed guns. The electric drives of the ATAGS provides controls in handling ammunition, opening and closing breech mechanism and ramming the round into firing chamber,” said a scientist involved in the project.

The existing 155/mm and 52 calibre guns have three-round magazines, which need to be reloaded manually. During this exercise maximum burst takes place, which have often resulted in casualties, said defence sources Posted in India

Trials upon trials, what does the Indian Army want? Do they wish to prove this gun as failure. It is pity.....
 

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Trials upon trials, what does the Indian Army want? Do they wish to prove this gun as failure. It is pity.....
Dont worry a lot of good news in pipeline.

Atags will be in production later this year.

Already a lot of 10 is being made.
 

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Trials upon trials, what does the Indian Army want? Do they wish to prove this gun as failure. It is pity.....
"Trials upon trials" ... means you are saying users trails were conducted by IA earlier also at Pokhran......
Please give some credible proof / reference of that or admit your statement was ill-founded and prejudicial.

"Do they wish to prove this gun as failure. It is pity..."

That is as frivolous as it can get ( I am deliberately avoiding the kind of your language)
 

Hari Sud

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"Trials upon trials" ... means you are saying users trails were conducted by IA earlier also at Pokhran......
Please give some credible proof / reference of that or admit your statement was ill-founded and prejudicial.

"Do they wish to prove this gun as failure. It is pity..."

That is as frivolous as it can get ( I am deliberately avoiding the kind of your language)

Go thru last few pages of this thread and you will find the references. Just a reminder a reminder, a year back these guns boomed in Sikkim, close Chinese border. It is all there.
 

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Indian Army to soon get longest range 'Advanced Towed Artillery
Gun System'


The 155 mm and 52 calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System with automated ammunition handling facility is the world’s longest range gun system in its class.

BHUBANESWAR: India’s first indigenously built Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) with automated ammunition handling facility will be inducted in the Army soon. The 155 mm and 52 calibre howitzer is the world’s longest range gun system in its class.

Union Secretary of Defence R&D Department G Satheesh Reddy on Thursday said the gun has cleared all developmental tests successfully and will be inducted in the Armed Forces after a couple of more trials.

Reddy was attending the 125th anniversary of Proof and Experimental Establishment (PXE), a laboratory of Defence and Development Organisation (DRDO), at Chandipur in Balasore district. "ATAGS is the pride of the nation. The gun has now the world’s longest range in 155 mm class. PXE has the distinction of testing the gun and making it certified. The Armed Forces have already given their consent for induction of a number of such guns," he informed.

Developed by Armament Research and Development Establishment of DRDO in a consortium model, the ATAGS comes with six round automated magazine capable of firing in 30 seconds. The existing 155 mm and 52-calibre guns have standard three-round magazine. Since the magazines need to be loaded manually, it leads to casualties during the exercise.

The project was taken up in 2013 to replace older guns in service with modern 155 mm artillery gun. Configured with an all electric drive the hydro lateral gun has a maximum firing range of 48 km and can be deployed in less than three minutes. It was first showcased publicly during the Republic Day parade in 2017.

The advanced gun system that weighs around 18 tonne with an elevation up to 70 degrees has undergone developmental trials at Balasore, Pokhran and Sikkim. While the ballistic internal trial and proofing were done at PXE and strength and design were validated during summer trials at Pokhran, winter trails were conducted in Sikkim.

Reddy, who is also the Chairman of DRDO, urged the scientists working with the PXE and Integrated Test Range (ITR) to come up with modern technologies, equipment and infrastructure to ensure that the test range is one the most modern ranges in the world.

He also warned to remain alert for future warfare. It is just not land, water or sky, threats related to space and cyber world have entered into the warfare spectre in a big way, he said.

“When gadgets have become part and parcel of life, we are always vulnerable to cyber attacks. Measures need to be taken by all to ensure that cyber security is insured. Advisories have been sent to all laboratories. It can be detrimental if not adhered to properly,” he added.



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Was the 155m round fired by the gun a rocket assisted enhanced round?
It says conventional, so I think its a normal round. I am more interested in the weight penalty, since it will have bigger chamber may be more than 25 liter, ATGS has 25 liter chamber .
 

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US Army's first Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) prototype is about complete.

https://www.janes.com/article/93061...mplete-us-army-prepares-for-shakedown-testing

The target range for the ERCA project is 70 kms for conventional round and 120-130 kms for rocket-assisted rounds.


M777ER towed howitzer
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zo...m-howitzer-doubles-range-to-40-miles-in-tests

Video of initial test of modified M109 as ERCA testbed:


India can later on modify its M777s to 52 cal.
Did the US Army complete the testing of the New M777ER Prototype or is it still going on?
 

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