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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is making significant progress on Project Veda, a new satellite launch vehicle (SLV) designed specifically for the Indian armed forces. According to, DRDO has begun procuring equipment and recruiting engineers and crew for the program, indicating an expedited timeline.

Project Veda, also known as Vehicle for Defence Application, aims to provide the Indian armed forces with an independent and responsive launch capability for their defence satellites. This dedicated SLV is a three-stage, solid-propellant rocket designed to carry payloads weighing up to 2,000 kilograms into low-Earth orbit, at an altitude of approximately 200 kilometres.

To accelerate development, DRDO plans to utilize existing technologies. The first stage of the Veda SLV will be based on the K-4 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), leveraging established expertise and infrastructure. The second and third stages will also incorporate proven DRDO solid-propellant rocket motor technology.

A key feature of the Veda SLV is its road-mobile design. This allows for launches from various locations, providing the armed forces with greater operational flexibility in deploying their defence satellites critical for surveillance, communication, and navigation even in the event of war or damage to existing launch pads. 

With the recent procurement activities and crew recruitment, experts anticipate a potential launch of the Veda SLV sometime in late 2025. This indigenous launch vehicle signifies a critical step towards India’s self-reliance in military space operations.

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