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The DRDO successfully tested the VSHORADS missile

September 30, 2022

The VSHORADS missile was successfully tested at the Odisha Integrated Test Range in Chandipur.

Important information

In Odisha, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) recently conducted two successful tests of the Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile.

The VSHORADS is a man portable air defence system (MANPADS) designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in collaboration with Indian industry partners.

It was created by the DRDO's Hyderabad-based Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in collaboration with other DRDO facilities and private companies.

This missile is capable of quickly neutralising low-altitude aerial threats.

It is designed in such a way that the missile can be easily moved from one location to another.

This missile incorporates several novel technologies, such as a miniaturised Reaction Control System and integrated avionics.
A dual thrust solid motor propels it.
Very Short Range Air Defence Missiles are essential for defending major cities and strategic locations.

It serves as the last line of defence against low-flying aerial assets such as fighter jets, helicopters, and drones.

For this purpose, the Indian Army currently has Air Defence Guns L-70 and ZU-23. They are more than 40 years old and completely obsolete in the face of modern warfare technologies.

In addition, the Indian Army lacks a modern radar network capable of assisting and guiding air defence missiles as they engage adversary fighter jets or helicopters.

Concerning MANPADS

Man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) are surface-to-air missiles that can attack low-flying fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. They can be fired while mounted on a person's shoulder or a tripod. They were created in the 1950s to protect troops from jet aircraft attacks. The United States and the Soviet Union were the first to use these weapons.