Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) Missile

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    • DRDO conducted two successful test flights of the Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile .

     Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile 

    • About:
      • It is a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) designed and developed indigenously by DRDO’s Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Hyderabad in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories and Indian Industry Partners.
        • Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) are short-range, lightweight and portable surface-to-air missiles that can be fired by individuals or small groups to destroy aircraft or helicopters.
      • VSHORADS missile incorporates many novel technologies including miniaturised Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics, which have been successfully proven during the tests. 
      • The missile, meant for neutralising low altitude aerial threats at short ranges is propelled by a dual thrust solid motor. 
      • The design of the missile including launcher has been highly optimised to ensure easy portability. 
    • Reaction Control System:
      • A Reaction Control System (RCS) is responsible for attitude control and steering by the use of thrusters.
      • The RCS system is capable of providing small amounts of thrust in any desired direction or combination of directions.
    • Significance: 
      • This new missile equipped with modern technologies will give further technological boost to the Armed Forces. 

    Source:PIB