New Delhi: DRDO on Tuesday conducted two successful test flights of a Very Short Range Air Defense Missile (VSHORADS) from a ground-portable launcher at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, it said in a statement.
Both flight tests fully accomplished mission objectives, the Defense Department said in a statement.
VSHORADS is a man-portable air defense system (MANPAD) designed and developed indigenously by the Imarat Research Center (RCI) of the Defense Research and Development Organization, Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian industry partners. The missile incorporates many new technologies, including a miniature reaction control system (RCS) and integrated avionics, which were successfully demonstrated during tests.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh lauded and appreciated the efforts of DRDO and industrial partners, saying that this new missile equipped with advanced technologies will give an additional technological boost to the armed forces.
The missile, designed to neutralize air threats from low altitudes at short distances, is powered by a solid twin-thrust engine. The design of the missile and its launcher is highly optimized to ensure easy portability.