Very Short Range Air Defence Systems (VSHORADS)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted two consecutive successful flight tests of the Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) missile at the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha recently.


  • VSHORADS is a Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) meant for neutralising low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges.
  • Designed and developed by: Defence Research and Development Organisation
  • The missile is propelled by a dual-thrust solid motor that incorporates many technologies including Dual-band Imaging Infra-Red Seeker, a miniaturised Reaction Control System (to increase mid-air manoeuvrability) and integrated avionics.


  • An effective Air Defence weapon system that can be deployed quickly in rugged terrain and maritime domain.
  • Being man-portable and lightweight compared to the other missile systems, it can be deployed in the mountains close to the LAC at a short notice and will be the best option for mountain warfare.

What are MANPADS?

  • MANPADS are short-range, lightweight and portable surface-to-air missiles.
  • They can be fired by individuals or small groups to destroy aircraft or helicopters.
  • They are fitted with infrared (IR) seekers that identify and target the airborne vehicle through heat radiation being emitted by the latter.
  • They have ‘fire and forget’ guidance systems i.e., the operator is not required to guide the missile to its target, enabling them to run and relocate immediately after firing.
  • They shield troops from aerial attacks and are most effective in targeting low-flying aircraft.
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