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.