India's DRDO showcased the 155 mm/52 calibre mounted gun system at Defence Expo 2022. The gun has a maximum firing range of 45 km. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)
Indiaʼs Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted trials of the indigenously developed 155 mm/52 calibre mounted gun system (MGS).
According to the DRDO, the MGS is a truck-mounted artillery gun system, deployable in desert, mountainous, and high-altitude terrains.
The MGS equips a 155 mm/52 calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) on an eight-wheeled high-mobility vehicle (HMV) developed by Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML).
A DRDO official told Janes that the trials of the MGS have been going on for some time now.
“The mobility and performance trials of the MGS are completed. The standalone firing trials of the armoured cabin are also completed. The MGS is ready to undergo the strength of design trials,” the official said.
The official added that the DRDO is manufacturing the MGS as part of the Indian Army's requirement for gun-mounted wheeled platforms.
The DRDO said that the MGS is equipped with “shoot-and-scoot capability”. The system is fitted with an auto gun alignment and positioning system, fire-control system (FCS), and ammunition handling system.
The system can fire up to a maximum distance of 45 km and has a maximum speed of 80 km/h. The elevation angle of the gun ranges from 0° to +72°. The system holds an ammunition-carrying capacity of 24 projectiles with an appropriate quantity of bi-modular charge system (BMCS).
The MGS can onboard seven soldiers. The system's burst rate of fire is three rounds in 30 seconds, with an intense rate of fire of 12 rounds in three minutes.