New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
successfully carried out four flight trials of high-speed Expendable Aerial
Target (HEAT) – ABHYAS.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that it is designed for autonomous flying
with the help of an autopilot indigenously made by the DRDO’s Aeronautical
Development Establishment (ADE).
It has Radar Cross Section, Visual and Infrared augmentation system required
for weapon practice. It also has a laptop-based Ground Control System with
which the aircraft can be integrated and pre-flight checks; data recording
during the flight, replay after the flight and post-flight analysis can be
carried out, an official added.
The MoD informed on Monday that the trial was carried out from the Integrated
Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha, between January 30 and February 2.
The trials were conducted with four different mission objectives in a revised
robust configuration, using a single booster designed by Advanced Systems
Laboratory, Hyderabad to provide reduced launch acceleration.
Objectives like safe release of booster, launcher clearance and attaining the
required end of launch velocity were achieved.
During the flight trials, various parameters like required endurance, speed,
maneuverability, altitude and range were successfully validated, official
Designed by ADE, ABHYAS offers a realistic threat scenario for practice of
The MoD said that ABHYAS requires minimum logistics and is cost-effective
compared to imported equivalents.
The systems tested recently were realised through Production Agencies –
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Defence.
With identified production agencies, ABHYAS is ready for production.
The system has export potential and can be offered to friendly countries,
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has congratulated the DRDO, the Armed Forces
and the industry for the successful flight trial of ABHYAS.
The development of this system will meet the requirements of aerial targets
for the Armed Forces, he said.
Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr Samir V Kamat
appreciated the efforts of the teams associated in the design, development and
testing of the system.
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