The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has carried out two test flights of very short-range air defence system (VSHORADS) missiles.

The VSHORADS missile was fired from a ground-based portable launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of the Odisha state.

In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) said: “Both the flight tests have completely met the mission objectives.”

The successful tests also validated the efficiency of new technologies integrated with the missile, including the miniaturised reaction control system and integrated avionics.

A portable air defence system, VSHORADS is an indigenous product.

Powered by a dual thrust solid motor, the missile neutralises low altitude aerial threats at short ranges.   

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The missile’s design, including its launcher, has also been upgraded to ease portability.

The VSHORADS is designed and developed by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad, in partnership with other DRDO laboratories and local industry partners.

Lauding the efforts of the DRDO team and industry partners, Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the advanced technologies incorporated in the new missile will further strengthen the capabilities of the armed forces.

The department of Defence Research and Development secretary and DRDO chairman also congratulated the team concerned for the successful tests.  

In August this year, the Indian Army and DRDO successfully tested all-indigenous, laser-guided, anti-tank guided missiles.

According to the MoD, the missiles hit the targets at two different ranges with precision, and successfully destroyed them.