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World-record 'gun salute' to incoming defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Range, accuracy and consistency are the key attributes of an artillery gun

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Ajai Shukla  |  New Delhi 

On Monday, in trial firing at the Pokhran Ranges in Rajasthan, the advanced towed artillery gun system (ATAGS) being indigenously developed for the Indian Army demonstrated its potential to be a world-beating system. The 155-millimetre, 52-calibre gun-howitzer fired three shells out to a world-record distance of 47.2 kilometres from the gun position.

This was achieved using special, long-range ammunition called “high explosive – base bleed” (HE – BB). In comparison, 155-millimetre, 52-calibre guns in service worldwide fire this ammunition to maximum ranges of ...

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First Published: Tue, September 05 2017. 01:14 IST
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