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In a significant development, the Indian defence establishment has taken a step closer to strengthening its air defence capabilities with the issuance of a tender for the procurement of 30 units of the indigenous Very Short Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) missile system. These 30 units represent the industrialized version of the missile, signifying a transition from the prototype stage to the production stage.

The procurement of these VSHORAD missiles falls under the Development cum Production Partner (DcPP) policy, a strategic approach adopted by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Under this policy, DRDO takes charge of designing the product, providing detailed drawings, and sharing technical specifications with either private or public sector industries for the development of a prototype.

The VSHORAD is a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) designed to counter low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges. It incorporates several cutting-edge technologies, including a miniaturized Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics, all of which have demonstrated successful performance during rigorous testing.

The missile is propelled by a dual-thrust solid motor, ensuring exceptional agility and precision in targeting airborne threats. Moreover, the missile’s design, including its launcher, has been meticulously optimized to guarantee ease of portability, a crucial aspect for its effective deployment in various scenarios.

This procurement tender signifies a crucial milestone in India’s efforts to bolster its air defence capabilities, particularly in countering short-range aerial threats.

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