DRDO conducts two successful flight tests of VSHORADS off Odisha coast - Broadsword by Ajai Shukla

The Very Short Range Air Defense System (VSHORADS) roars from the launch pad at Chandipur on the coast of Odisha

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has conducted two consecutive successful flight tests of the Very Short Range Air Defense System Indigenous Missile (VSHORADS) at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, March 14, 2023.

The flight tests were carried out from a portable ground-based launcher against high-speed unmanned aerial targets, mimicking the approach and departure of aircraft. The targets were successfully intercepted, meeting all mission objectives.

VSHORADS is a man-portable air defense system (MANPAD) intended to neutralize low-altitude airborne threats at close range. It was designed and developed locally by Imarat Research Center, Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian industrial partners.

The missile incorporates many innovative technologies, including a dual-band infrared imaging seeker, a miniaturized reaction control system, and integrated avionics. Propulsion is provided by a solid double-thrust engine.

Congratulating DRDO and its industry partners, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the missile, equipped with new technologies, will give a technological boost to the armed forces.

Secretary of the Department of Defense R&D and Chairman of DRDO, Dr. Samir V Kamat also congratulated the teams associated with the consecutive successful flight tests.