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  • 12 January, 2023

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VSHORAD Missile System

VSHORAD Missile System

  • Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) was granted by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) to acquire the Very Short Range Air Defence System VSHORAD (IR Homing) missile system.

About the VSHORAD missile system:

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) designed and produced it, along with other weapon systems for the Army and Navy, at a cost of Rs 4,276 crore.
  • Since 2018, India has been in talks with Russia to purchase Igla-S air defence missiles for $1.5 billion through the VSHORAD program, in order to replace the Russian Igla-M systems currently in use by the Army.
  • Specifications: It is a man-portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) designed to kill low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges.
  • The VSHORADS missile features a number of unique technologies, including as a miniaturised Reaction Control System (RCS) and integrated avionics, which have been successfully tested.
  • A dual-thrust solid motor propels the missile, which is designed to counter low-altitude aerial threats at short ranges.
  • The missile's design, including the launcher, has been significantly optimised for mobility.

Relevance for India:

  • Because it is man-portable and lightweight compared to other missile systems in the Army's arsenal, it can be quickly deployed in the highlands near the LAC.
  • They will be a crucial air defence missile for the forces, even for an all-equipped infantry unit, and the finest option for mountain combat after they are integrated.
  • The acquisition of VSHORAD, a robust and readily deployable system, will improve India's air defence capabilities.
  • The AoN is expected to be inducted as the first phase in the lengthy capital procurement procedure in defence.
  • If orders are placed on time, defence officials believe that the missile systems will be deployed to the forces in three to four years with industrial backing.

Source: The Indian Express


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