The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two successful flight tests of the Very Short-Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile on February 28th and 29th, 2024. These tests, conducted off the coast of Odisha, showcased the system’s capability to intercept and destroy high-speed unmanned aerial targets.

Indigenous Development of VSHORADS

  • VSHORADS is a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) developed indigenously by the Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian industry partners.
  • Incorporates advanced technologies, including a miniaturized Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics, successfully proven during tests.

Technical Specifications

  • Propelled by a dual-thrust solid motor.
  • Specifically designed to neutralize low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges.
  • Optimized design for easy portability, enhancing usability in various operational scenarios.

Successful Test Flights

  • All test flights demonstrated the effective interception and destruction of targets, meeting mission objectives.
  • Witnessed by officials from the Indian Army, senior scientists from various DRDO laboratories, and industry partners.

Recognition and Congratulations

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, the Indian Army, and industry partners for the successful development trials, emphasizing the technological boost it provides to the Armed Forces.
  • Secretary DD R&D and Chairman DRDO extended congratulations to the entire team involved, acknowledging the collective effort and expertise.

Important Takeaways For All Competitive Exams

  • DRDO Foundation year: 1958
  • DRDO Headquarters: DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi
  • CEO / Chairman: Sameer V. Kamat

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