India successfully carried out tests of the domestically developed air defense system VSHORADS missile.
The Indian Ministry of Defense announced that the VSHORADS (Very Short Range Air Defense System) missile, developed by the Indian Defense, Research and Development Organization (DRDO), has been successfully tested at the Chandipur Integrated Test Site in Odisha, India.
Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh appreciated the efforts of DRDO and other companies after successful test firing. In this context, the Minister stated that the developed missile will provide more technological support to the Indian Armed Forces. DRDO President Dr. Samir V. Kamat also congratulated the VSHORADS team for the shooting.
VSHORADS (Very Short Range Air Defense System) Air Defense System
VSHORADS started to be developed in 2010 to replace the obsolete Soviet-made air defense systems S-75 Divina, ZU-23 and Igla-1 (SA-16) and Swedish-made Bofors 40 mm/L-70 systems in the inventory of the Indian Land Forces. The system was designed in collaboration with DRDO’s Research Center in Hyderabad and other Indian companies. India considers the developed system important for the security of any metropolitan or strategic places.
The VSHORADS missile incorporates many new technologies that have been successfully proven during testing, including a miniaturized Response Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics. Designed to neutralize low-altitude air threats at short ranges, the missile is propelled by a double-thrust solid engine. The missile’s design, including the launcher, has been highly optimized for easy portability.