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India Unveils New MGS 155mm 8×8 Truck Mounted Artillery Gun System | Defense News October 2022 Global Security Army Industry | Defense Security world news army industry year 2022


India’s Defense Industry unveils a new Mounted Gun System (MGS) based on an HMV 8×8 15009 military truck chassis armed with a mounted 155mm 52 caliber ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System) gun the rear of the truck frame.
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The new Indian-made 155mm 52 caliber MGS mobile gun system is based on an 8×8 military truck chassis (Image source Vayu Aerospace Review Twitter)


Citing information from the Indian defense industry, the new truck-mounted artillery system that was developed entirely in India is ready to undergo design trials. The truck has already undergone mobility and performance tests.

India’s new Truck Mounted Gun System (MGS) has been specifically designed for deployment in desert, mountainous and high altitude terrain. The MGS is based on an 8×8 HMV 15009 (High Mobility Vehicle) military truck chassis developed and produced by the Indian company Ashok Leyland.

The Indian MGS has already completed firing tests and achieved the highest firing range in its class in the world. The new artillery system is developed using advanced technologies such as an automatic gun alignment and positioning system, an integrated fire control system (FCS), an ammunition handling system , an on-board silent power supply system, a spade-type shock-absorbing electromechanical system. stabilizers, etc.

The front of the MGS is equipped with an armored cabin that provides protection against small arms fire and artillery shrapnel. The MGS has a crew of seven and all firing operations can be carried out from inside the crew cabin. The rear part of the truck is equipped with the 155 mm 52 caliber ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System) gun system and 24 projectiles and charges can be carried on the truck. The ATAGS is a project launched by India’s DRDO in 2013 to replace older weapons in service with the Indian Army. The gun consists of a barrel, breech mechanism, muzzle brake and recoil mechanism capable of firing 155mm ammunition at a maximum firing range of 48 km.

The MGS also has a fire and scoot capability which is an artillery tactic of firing at a target then immediately moving away from where the shots were fired from to avoid counter-battery fire (eg enemy artillery). The MGS has a maximum firing range of 35 km with ERFB ammunition What is ERFB High Explosive Extended Range (BT) ammunition and 45 km with ERFB artillery shells (BB). The barrel system has a rotation of approximately 25° and an elevation of 0° to 72°. It has a burst rate of fire of 3 rounds in under 30 seconds and can reach a sustained rate of fire of 42 rounds in 60 minutes.

The MGS can be ready to fire the first shot in less than 80 seconds and leave its firing position in less than 85 seconds. The truck can reach a maximum road speed of 80 km/h and 40 km/h in off-road conditions.


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The front of the MGS is equipped with an armored crew cabin providing protection against small arms fire and artillery shrapnel. (Image source Vayu Aerospace Review Twitter)