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Watch video: DRDO successfully test-fired very short range air defense system missile off Odisha coast

On Tuesday, The DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) carried out two successful tests of Very Short Range Air Defense System (VSHORADS) missile from a portable launcher on 27 September 2022 from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Tuesday, The DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) carried out two successful tests of Very Short Range Air Defense System (VSHORADS) missile from a portable launcher on 27 September 2022 from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.

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VSHORADS is a Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPAD) indigenously designed and developed by DRDO’s Research Center Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian industry partners. VSHORADS incorporates several innovative technologies, including Miniature Reaction Control System and Integrated Avionics, which were successfully operated during the trials.

The missile is propelled by a dual thrust solid motor and is intended to counter low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges. The missile’s design, including the launcher, has been highly optimized for portability. Both flight tests completely met the mission objectives.

Very Short Range Air Defence Missiles are critical for defending any major city or strategically important location. The Indian Army’s current stock, such as the Air Defence Guns L-70 and ZU-23, is over four decades old and thus completely obsolete.

Air Defense Missiles, such as the SA-2, have also lost relevance in the face of modern fighters outfitted with cutting-edge defensive systems. In addition, the armed forces’ radar network is not modern enough to aid and guide air defense missiles as they engage incoming enemy fighters or helicopters.

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