Army looking forward to play trial games with ATAGS in 2021, even after firing 2000 rounds
Very soon the Indian Army will initiate the testing of an indigenously-developed artillery system, which according to the DRDO is the best in its class in the world with a record-breaking strike range of 48-km. And if the big gun meet a required standard it can fulfil the Army’s requirement for 1.580 such guns worth over RS 25,000 crore.
The 155mm/52 caliber ATAGS is all set to face winter user trials by the Indian Army in Sikkim in the month of January – February, and it will be followed by the portability trials and then in May-June there will be summer trials.
DRDO officials state that with the development of ATAGS, which has Bharat Forge (Kalyani Group) and Tata Advanced Systems as the production partners, the Army does not require to import such guns from Israel or other countries.
But according to the Army, the indigenous guns will have to first prove its worth in the advancing user trials. Another project of the Indian Army to procure 400 Athos towed gun systems for Rs 5,147 crore from Israeli firm Elbit Systems has stuck in the final stages, in collaboration with the Ordnance Factory Board it was originally supposed to be followed by the domestic production of another 1,180 guns. The Israel gun had evolved as L-1 a year ago to defeat the French one from Nexter Systems after trials.
Also the user-trials of the indigenous ATAGS got hindered after the barrel of one of the guns burst during test-firing at the Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan, which injured four personnel, in September.
A senior DRDO official however said that the incident most probably occurred due to defective ammunition. And the barrel of the gun was completely fine there was no issue with it, as over 2,000 rounds have already been successfully test-fired from the ATAGS during high-altitude trials in Sikkim and then in Pokhran.
Currently, at the Proof and Experimental Establishment range at Balasore, further tests are undergoing.
The DRDO official also said that, “Why should the Army import such guns if a much better indigenous option with a longer 48-km range is available? Other modern day guns have a 40 to 45-km range, he added.”
Defence Expo empowering MSME from Mar 19-21, 2021 Chennai all set to host the show
Defence industry related expo-empowering MSMEs to be held here from March 19 to 21, 2021 and more than 400 large, medium, small and micro (MSMES) enterprises are expected to participate in it.
Approval has been given to the city-based Swatantra Foundation by the Defence Ministry to host the expo at the Chennai Trade Centre. The co-organisers of the expo will be Aerospace Industry Development Association of Tamil Nadu (AIDAT) and Tamil Nadu Small and Tiny Industries Association (TANSTIA).
The main aim of the expo was to associate with the Indian MSME sector companies who have the capability and the capacity to serve to the Defence Sector.
Concurrently with the Expo- A Conference and Seminar on Opportunities for MSMEs in Indian Defence Sector – Building an Atma Nirbhar Eco System is also being planned.
The main aim was to link the MSMEs to Armed Forces, to the various Research & Development laboratories of DRDO and Public Sector Undertakings, to Defence Manufacturing private players, to build and utilize the capability and capacity of MSME sector to provide to the needs of Defence sector, to provide a platform for MSME and Defence sector buyers to interact and identity mutually beneficial fields of business opportunities, to create a broad and sustainable Supply Chain base for a vibrant MSME sector for Defence and Defence Exports and by promoting new Start Ups and educational industry collaborations enable an eco-system for Innovation.
Leading firms like the Ordnance Factories, DGQA, Hindustan Shipyard, LMW, LCC, Larsen and Toubro, Bharat Forge, Super Auto Forge, and few other major units have already approved to participate and demonstrate their production in the expo.
To seek out and develop prospective suppliers an opportunity will be provided to Tier 1 and OEs.
According to S Ramasubramanian the expo Convenor and Secretary, the B2B meet is the key during the expo as here it is expected that real time business generation may happen.
He also added that they are planning to have at least 120 one hour sessions of B2B meet between the Large, Medium and MSES.