On December 6, 2020, The Indigenous Howitzer (known as Artillery Guns)- Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) developed by DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization) underwent Trials at Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. The Howitzer has a strike range of around 50 Kms. DRDO partnered with Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE), and private companies Bharat Forge Limited, Mahindra Defence Naval System, Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for the project.
i.The ATAGS project was initiated by DRDO in 2013 for replacing older guns in the Indian Army with the latest 155 mm Artillery Gun.
ii.The ATAGS Howitzer was publicly showcased for the first time at the 68th Republic Day Parade in 2017.
iii.Howitzers are listed in the Negative Import List released by the Defence Ministry on August 9, 2020, which means that they have to be produced in India under Make in India.
iv.Some of the Artillery guns which are now used by Indian Army are – M777 (procured from United States), Haubits FH77 – Bofors Gun (Origin Sweden), K-9 Vajra (Built by Larsen & Toubro).
Recent Related News:
i.On August 9, 2020, the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), Ministry of Defence (MoD) decided to restrict import of 101 weapons and military platforms to boost indigenous defence manufacturing on the lines of “Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
About Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO):
Chairman – Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE):
Director – Dr. V Venkateswara Rao
Headquarter – Pune, Maharashtra.