Defence Research and Development Organisation DRDO yesterday conducted a successful flight test of a Very Short-Range Air Defence System VSHORADS missile from a ground-based portable launcher off the coast of Odisha from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur. The test was carried out against high-speed unmanned aerial targets under different interception scenarios. 

During the test flight, the targets were intercepted and destroyed by the missiles, meeting the mission objectives. A similar test was also conducted on Wednesday.

VSHORADS is a Man Portable Air Defence System designed and developed indigenously by Research Centre Imarat in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian Industry Partners. VSHORADAS missile incorporates many novel technologies including

miniaturized Reaction Control System and integrated avionics which have been successfully proven during the tests. 

The missile is propelled by a dual-thrust solid motor and is meant for neutralizing low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges. The design of the missile including the launcher has been highly optimized to ensure easy portability. The flight test was witnessed by officials of the Indian Army, senior Scientists from various DRDO laboratories and Industry Partners.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated DRDO, the Indian Army and Industry involved in the successful development trials and stated that the new missile equipped with modern technologies will give further technological boost to the Armed Forces.

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