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Tuesday 14 March 2023

DRDO conducts two successful flight tests of VSHORADS off Odisha coast

Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) roars off the launch pad at Chandipur, on the Odisha coast

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two consecutive successful flight tests of the indigenous Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on March 14, 2023.

The flight tests were carried out from a ground-based manportable launcher against high speed unmanned aerial targets, mimicking approaching and receding aircraft. The targets were successfully intercepted, meeting all mission objectives.

VSHORADS is a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) meant for neutralising low altitude aerial threats at short ranges. It has been designed and developed indigenously by Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian industry partners. 

The missile incorporates many novel technologies including a dual-band Imaging Infra Red seeker, a miniaturised Reaction Control System and integrated avionics. The propulsion is provided by a dual thrust solid motor.

Complimenting DRDO and industry partners, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the missile, equipped with novel technologies, will give a technological boost to the armed forces.

Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr Samir V Kamat also congratulated the teams associated with the consecutive successful flight tests.

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