mody wrote:Even veterans like Lt. Gen Shankar running down the ATAGS program is sad. He has consistently claimed that ATAGS has a long way to go and is not ready. Wonder why.
To his credit, he has given some rational reasons about why he feels ATAGS program need to mature. He has said in a blog post (it is somewhere in this thread) that the primary reason is the deteriorating accuracy at extended ranges. IIRC, he said the shells would need some terminal guidance(like a PGK fuze or some other type) to compensate for that and until that time such a guidance system is available, it might not be enough to merely increase the range. Another reason is probably due to the big increase in recoil that need to be managed for effective sustained fire, will make things more difficult with limits set about any increase in gross weight of the guns.
The Dhanush fiasco cant be let to rot and needs to be directly handled by PMO, as it impinges war in the Himalayas, where air superiority might not be assured under all circumstances. One feel sorry for the likes of Baba Kalyani, who seem to have put his heart and money into an area where India desperately needs such inputs!
The DRDO version of PGK fuze is being productionized from last year.
Yes accuracy dips with range but the ERFB lethal radius is more than the miss distance of ATAGS.
Even with PGK it wont have the Excalibur type of point hit capability.
So to demand Excalibur accuracy which costs a lot for a plain vanilla shell is ridiculous.*
Just an excuse to stall and create a gap to be filled by imports.
This time should not be allowed.
* Quite possible for jeranils are tending to being ridiculous.
I heard that some want S-400 to be used to defend depots from air attack!
They want to use an area defence system as a point defence system.
Their knowledge is the SA-6 batteries.