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India sets a world record as DRDO's home made artillery gun fires shell 47 kms away
It looks that Indian armed forces have finally found a replacement for the Bofors gun. India's largest and most diverse research organisation – Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has recently developed an indigenous ATAGS (Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System), which has proved itself as one of the highly destructive weapons.

The 155-mm 52-calibre gun has also made a world record as it fired three shells out to a range of 47.2 kilometres during its field trials held at the Pokhran range. During tests, the gun fired a long range 'High explosive – base bleed' round. Most of the 155-mm guns in the world can fire upto 45 kms, so ATAGS has set a new world record.

Various units of India's artillery regiment will soon be equipped with 2,000 units of these guns.

India's first high capacity and long range Artillery Gun has been developed by DRDO in collaboration with – Tata Power SED (Strategic Engineering Division) and Bharat Forge.

"Bharat Forge has developed and delivered the full ordinance for the Tata SED Gun…The ATGAS will be a joint project of two private-sector corporations," official sources said.

According to media sources, the secret for the longer range of the ATAGS is the larger volume of chamber – 25 litres, that packs in more high explosive propellant. While other similar guns have a chamber of about 23-litre capacity.

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