The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted two flight tests of Very Short-Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile from Integrated Test Range off Odisha’s Chandipur on February 28 and 29.

In a statement, the defence ministry said, “These tests were carried out against high speed unmanned aerial targets under different interception scenario. During all the test flights, the targets were intercepted and destroyed by the missiles, meeting the mission objectives.”

The VSHORADS is propelled by a dual thrust solid motor and would be used for neutralising low altitude aerial threats at short ranges.

The VSHORADS is a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) indigenously developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and other industry partners, the ministry said.

“VSHORADS missile incorporates many novel technologies including miniaturised Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics which have been successfully proven during the tests,” it said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO, the Army and the industries involved in the development trials of VSHORADS and said that the missile, equipped with modern technologies, will give technological boost to the Armed Forces.

Published By:

Ashutosh Acharya

Published On:

Mar 1, 2024

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