DRDO's home made ATAGS shoots farther than any other gun!
Q. What does ATAGS stand for, in the context of DRDO?- Published on 11 Sep 17
a. Advanced Tow Artillery Gun System
b. Advanced Towed Artillery Gun Schedule
c. Artillery Towed Advanced Gun System
d. None of the above
ANSWER: None of the above
DRDO’s home made ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System) of which nearly 2,000 examples will soon equip the various units of the artillery regiment, has just proved itself to be a devastating weapon.
During the recently conducted field trials at the Pokhran range, the gun fired three shells out to a range of 47.2 kms.
This is farther than any other gun in the world!
The 155 mm 52-calibre gun is now a world record holder.
During tests, the gun fired a long range ‘High explosive – base bleed’ round. Most 155mm guns in the world max out between 40 km and 45 kms.
According to a Sputnik report, the reason for the longer range of the ATAGS is the 25-litre volume of its chamber that allows higher quantities of propellant to be used.
Other similar guns have a chamber of about 23-litre capacity.
The gun is also unique in having a six-round magazine that gives it a higher rate of fire compared to three-round magazines in others.