ABHYAS: High-speed Expendable Aerial Target | 30 Jun 2022

Why in News?

Recently, India successfully tested the indigenously-designed Abhyas - a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) - in Odisha.

What are the Key Points of ABHYAS?

  • 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).
    • Abhyas system is equipped with Radar Cross-Section (RCS) and infrared signatures which can be used to simulate a variety of aircraft for the practice of anti-aircraft warfare and also for the testing designed to target aerial targets.
  • 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: IE