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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India is on the brink of a significant milestone as its Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile, developed indigenously in collaboration with various DRDO laboratories and Indian industry partners, is set to enter Limited Scale Production. This cutting-edge Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) has been hailed as a game-changer in India’s air defence capabilities and a testament to the nation’s growing prowess in advanced military technology.

Adani Defence, a prominent player in the Indian defence industry, has been chosen as the production partner for the VSHORADS missile system, adding to the success of the nation’s indigenous defence manufacturing ecosystem.

The VSHORADS missile is designed to effectively neutralize low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges, making it a critical requirement for the Indian Army. The missile incorporates a myriad of novel technologies, including a miniaturized Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics, which have been successfully proven during rigorous tests. These advancements enable the VSHORADS missile to efficiently track and engage targets with exceptional accuracy.

Propelled by a dual-thrust solid motor, the missile’s propulsion system ensures swift and precise responses to incoming threats. The design of the missile, including the launcher, has been meticulously optimized to ensure easy portability, enabling rapid deployment in various operational scenarios.

The VSHORADS missile has already undergone two consecutive successful flight tests at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha earlier this year. Both tests flawlessly met the mission objectives, further validating the missile’s capabilities and readiness for production and deployment.

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