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From ATAGS to ultralight howitzers, how the Indian Army is improving the artillery game at the borders

The Indian Army is increasing its firepower on the northern and eastern borders by deploying rockets and developing plans to secure weapon systems such as the 100 K9 Vajra howitzers and drones.

Indian Army artillery units have already fielded K-9 Vajra self-propelled tracked howitzers, M-777 ultra-light howitzers, Pinaka rocket systems and Dhanush gun systems.

Sources said the army is preparing to buy a new batch of 100 additional K9 Vajras howitzers, in addition to the 100 such weapons ordered in 2017.

“The Defense Acquisition Board has approved the proposal to order an additional 100 K9 Vajras. The Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released soon,” the source said.

Sources said the military was also in the process of acquiring an advanced towed artillery gun system, commonly referred to as ATAGS, and mounted gun systems (MGS).

Faced with an increasingly belligerent China, the Indian military has increased its firepower by deploying a variety of rockets and artillery, and plans to acquire a variety of weapon systems further.

Let’s take a closer look:


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The Prime Minister was referring to the locally-made Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), used alongside traditional British 25-pounder artillery guns, when he made the remarks.

Howitzers is a generic term for a category of long-range artillery guns, according to Indian Express.

According eurasian time, The 155mm ATAGS is the brainchild of the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and developed by its Armament Research Development Establishment (ARDE) and Armament Combat Engineering Systems (ACE) in Pune.

Bharat Forge Ltd (of Kalyani Group) and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd are also part of its manufacture.

DRDO’s Sangam Sinha told the outlet that the ATAGS howitzer is a game-changer as it is the first in the world to have a range of 45 kilometers, it is self-propelled and can be towed easily.

He is said to be deadlier than the Bofors in every way, according to the outlet.

ATAGS comes with electric drives to ensure maintenance-free and reliable field operations, even in extreme cold. The gun incorporates a compact thermal imaging aiming and surveillance system, advanced software-defined radio (SDR)-based communication, a compact, high-power “auxiliary power” unit to enhance all-terrain mobility, a moving beam suspension to negotiate difficult terrain, simultaneous voice, and data communication and fire control computer.

It is also equipped with an “Integrated Fire Control System” consisting of INS-based Automatic Gun Alignment and Positioning System (AGAPS), Muzzle Velocity Radar (MVR ) and a ballistic computer to perform online calculations.

Sources said the ATAG is in an “advanced stage” of testing and has many firsts under its belt – a 25-litre chamber, long range, as well as fast and sustained rates of fire.

Sources said user testing of the firearms systems has been conducted satisfactorily and there are few procedural issues that are supported.

K9 Vajras

The K9 Vajras were originally purchased for deployment in the deserts, but after the stalemate in eastern Ladakh, the army deployed a significant number of howitzers to this high altitude region.

The sources said that minor adjustments have been made for the deployment of tracked howitzers in eastern Ladakh.

“We are also buying winterization kits for howitzers to operate in sub-zero temperatures,” the source said, adding that Vajra guns roar in high altitude areas along the northern borders.

The K9 Vajra provided by Larsen and Toubro. ANI

According The footprint, Indian Army is about to order another 100 K9 Vajra self-propelled tracked howitzers from Larsen and Toubro (L&T).

“We have obtained clearance from the Ministry of Defense to order 100 additional Vajras. The Request for Proposal (RFP) will be sent to L&T shortly thereafter, after which cost negotiations will be conducted. We will speed up the process and hope deliveries will begin soon,” a source within the defense and security establishment said.

L&T won the Rs 4,500 crore contract to supply 100 units of K9 Vajras under the “Make in India” initiative in 2017 for which it signed a technology transfer contract with South Korean company Hanwha Corporation .

According to L&T, K9 Vajras come with over 80% indigenous work packages and over 50% indigenization (in value) at the program level.

Pinaka weapon systems

They said the induction of more advanced Pinaka weapon systems is in sight, adding that six additional regiments of systems are being procured and their delivery would begin soon.

The six new systems will cost Rs 2,580 crore and bolster the existing four, according to The Times of India.

Sources said the new Pinaka regiments will be equipped with an electronically and mechanically upgraded weapons system capable of firing a variety of munitions over longer distances.

A Pinaka regiment was inducted along the northern borders in a high-altitude area after extensive validation, they said, adding that the Defense Ministry had already approved the purchase of long-range guided rockets for Pinaka.

“We are raising six additional Pinaka regiments with longer range rockets, increasing from 36 km to 48 km. Then there are long-range guided rockets that can hit targets 75 km away. It’s all indigenous. These new regiments will be equipped with electronically and mechanically upgraded weapon systems capable of firing a variety of ammunition over longer distances,” said a person familiar with the matter. Hindustan times.

“The rocket would be able to fire at longer ranges with significant accuracy,” the source said.

M777 ULH, Dhanush system, LMS

According The Hindu, the army has deployed the M777 ultra-lightweight howitzers (ULH) in the rest of Arunachal Pradesh (RALP) near the Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Weighing just four tons, the M777 is a 155mm, 39 caliber towed artillery gun.

It is therefore light enough to be transported under Chinook helicopters.

India has contracted 145 M777 guns from BAE systems and more than half of them have been inducted, according to the report.

The M777 offers significant flexibility in employment options for long-range firepower, an officer told the outlet. “It can be airlifted to any forward location if needed, which is especially useful in RALP given the rough terrain and thick forest cover,” the officer added.

According msn, the Indian Army in 2019 signed an agreement to purchase 114 155mm/45 caliber Dhanush towed howitzers and has inducted 18 so far.

From ATAGS to Ultralight Howitzers, How Indian Army is Upping the Border Artillery Game

File photo of the Dhanush artillery gun. Image Courtesy: News18

The guns, which have a firing range of 38 kilometres, were manufactured at the former Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) based in Jabalpur at a cost of Rs 14.50 crore, with each shell costing 1 lakh.

The army has already operationalized its first Dhanush regiment along the Chinese border and is now planning to raise a second regiment with 18 guns by March 2023, people familiar with the matter said. Hindustan times.

“The Dhanush gun system was introduced and operationalized at high altitudes along the northern borders (with China). The gun is an electronically and mechanically upgraded version of the Bofors gun. This represents a huge step towards self-reliance in defense manufacturing,” an individual quoted by the newspaper said.

Dhanush Gun Systems was inducted and operationalized at high altitudes along the northern borders.

The Dhanush gun is an electronically and mechanically upgraded version of the Bofors gun and the first regiment inducted along the northern borders after extensive validation.

Dhanush Gun System is a major milestone in the history of indigenous artillery gun development and a big step towards Atmanirbharta in defense manufacturing.

The Sharang cannon also targets the improvement of the 130mm cannon system and with a successful improved cannon with better range, accuracy and consistency corroborating the native defense capability.

The army is also in the process of procuring a “roving munitions system”, increasing its capability for surveillance, target acquisition and precision strikes.

Deliveries of these roving, precision-strike munitions – smaller, cheaper explosive-armed suicide bomber drones that wait to select high-value enemy targets and then crash into them – are expected to begin under a contract to emergency supply signed with a private Israeli-Indian joint last year, in accordance with The Times of India.

Ukraine used US-supplied Switchblade 300 and Phoenix Ghost stray ammunition as well as locally assembled weapons to push back Russian troops, according to the report.

“We are also in the process of procuring a locally designed and developed vagrancy weapon system with enhanced strike capability,” the source said.

Sources within the defense establishment have also said that the military plans to equip its artillery units along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of a range up to 90 kilometers.

“We are considering acquiring drones with a range of 15 to 20 km as well as those with capabilities to conduct surveillance at a range of up to 80 km and having a battery life of four hours,” a source said.

Currently, almost all drones in the army inventory are operated by army aviation units.

With contributions from agencies

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