Advanced Todd Artillery Gun: The first ever made in India howitzer was part of a 21-gun salute during the Independence Day celebrations at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Monday. The Advanced Todd Artillery Gun (ATG) was used with British-made 25-pounders.
Todd Artillery Gun is developed by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and manufactured by two firms Bharat Forge and Tata Advanced Systems Limited.
According to a Defense Ministry release, the armament system of ATAGS mainly consists of barrel, breech mechanism, muzzle brake and recoil mechanism, used by the Indian Army to fire 155 mm caliber ammunition with long range, accuracy and precision. Provides more fire power.
The ATAG is configured with an all electric drive to ensure maintenance free and reliable operation over a long period of time. It will have a firing range of 40 kms with advanced features such as high mobility, quick deployment, auxiliary power mode, advanced communication system, automatic command and control system with capability to fire in direct fire mode at night.
DRDO has developed a new generation of guns as a part of the Artillery Modernization Program of the Indian Army. The Ordnance Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) at Pune is the DRDO’s nodal laboratory for the design and development of ATAGs along with other laboratories of the defense body.
The gun is expected to be the mainstay of the Indian Army’s tower howitzer fleet and could also be used to replace the Bofors howitzer.