The locally made howitzer will be used for the ceremonial gun salute on Independence Day


By PTI STI (Update)

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The Ministry of Defense said a team from DRDO Armament Research & Development Establishment, Pune, led by scientists and artillery officers, worked on the project to make possible the use of the weapon for the ceremony of Independence Day.

For the first time, a local howitzer will be used for the ceremonial 21-round salute during the Independence Day ceremony at Fort Rouge, Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar said on Wednesday.

The Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) was developed under the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

The ATAGS will give the ceremonial salute of 21 guns with the British guns which are traditionally used until now. The Ministry of Defense said the move to use the locally developed weapon will be a testament to India’s growing ability to develop arms and ammunition locally.

The gun was specially customized, with some technical specs tweaked for the ceremony. The ministry said a team from DRDO’s Armament Research & Development Establishment, Pune, led by scientists and artillery officers, worked on the project to make possible the use of the weapon for the Day of Independence.

The ATAGS project was launched in 2013 by the DRDO to replace the old guns in service with the Indian Army with a modern 155mm artillery gun. This specialized gun system is compatible with C4I systems like the artillery combat command and control system called Shakti for technical fire control, fire planning, deployment management, operational logistics management of the Indian army.

The Secretary of Defense also said that NCC cadets from all districts across the country have been invited to attend the main event at Red Fort. These cadets will be seated at ‘Gyan Path’ in front of the ramparts of the Red Fort in a geographical formation of the map of India.

Kumar said the cadets will adorn local dresses, symbolizing India’s cultural diversity, to convey the message of “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat”. As a continuation of the initiative taken on Republic Day 2022, the part of society, which is usually overlooked, has also been invited as a special guest for Independence Day, he said. he declares.

“These include anganwadi workers, street vendors, mudra scheme borrowers, mortuary workers etc. They have been invited to attend the main event at Red Fort,” Kumar said.

Kumar said a total of 26 officers and supervisors and 126 cadets from 14 countries – USA, UK, Argentina, Brazil, Fiji, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Seychelles, UAE and Uzbekistan are already in India for Independence Day celebrations.

As well as attending the main event at the Red Fort, the youngsters will visit places of cultural and historical significance in Delhi and Agra. Kumar said Defense Minister Rajnath Singh would also congratulate 25 winners of the “Veer Gatha competition” (SUPER-25) in New Delhi on August 12.

Veer Gatha, one of the unique projects launched under “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, was organized to inspire and educate children about the bravery and sacrifices of the armed forces.

In the national competition, held from October 21 to November 20, more than eight million students from 4,788 schools were encouraged to share inspiring stories through essays, poems, drawings and multimedia presentations , the ministry said. After the success of the first edition, Veer Gatha 2.0 is expected to launch in September, he said.


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