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ABHYAS: High-speed Expendable Aerial Target

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  • 26 Oct 2021
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Recently, The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the Bay of Bengal coast in Odisha.

  • DRDO is the Research & Development wing of the Ministry of Defence, Govt of India, with a vision to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies.

Key Points

  • Designed and developed by: 
    • Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), of DRDO.
      • ADE is a key Aeronautical Systems Design Laboratory under DRDO.
      • It is involved in the design and development of the state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Aeronautical Systems and technologies to meet the requirements of the Indian Armed forces.
  • Features
    • It is powered by a gas turbine engine to sustain a long endurance flight at subsonic speed.
    • It is equipped with a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control.
    • The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight and their check-out is done using a laptop-based Ground Control Station (GCS).
  • Utility:
    • It will be used as a target for the evaluation of various missile systems.
      • It offers a realistic threat scenario for practice of weapon systems.
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Source: PIB

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