SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) completed back-to-back trials of the Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) missile that is likely to go for another year before it commences user trials. The missile system did confuse many due to its size and many questioned if it will be man-portable. VSHORAD is a Short-range Air Defense that will come with a 20kg missile, a 25kg tripod stand, and a 20-25kg NG sight that will make it whooping 65-70kg when put together by a two-man team.
DRDO developed VSHORAD will still be classified as a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) but DRDO is also working on a separate MPDMS (Man-Portable Defensive Missile System) program that will see the development of a true man-portable air-defense system that can be shoulder-fired.
DRDO-developed MPDMS will be like a 9K38 Igla man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM) system that will commence wind tunnel testing in the next few weeks and fabrication and testing might be carried out sometime in late 2023. MPDMS will be truly portable as it will weigh only 18-20kg with a Full system.
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