Veda is India’s first satellite launch vehicle for defense

Last year, a scale model of an unknown missile was discovered in the office of DRDO Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy. Veda is a Sanskrit word for wisdom, and while the system’s mission was not publicly acknowledged, it is now established that it will be India’s first defense satellite launch vehicle.

Vehicle for Defense Application, or VEDA, will be used to launch defense satellites into orbit. The first and second stages of the VEDA Defence satellite launch vehicle appear to be derived from the K4 SLBM ( submarine launched ballistic missile).

India has developed several versatile space launch vehicles that enable India to launch satellites for civil and defense roles into orbit. Project VEDA might be India’s attempt to separate civilian agencies like ISRO from Indian defense programs and also can launch defense satellites on short notice in case of sabotage or incapacitation of present ones in the orbit by Anti satellite weapons.

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