October 6, 2022

‘Successful flight-test of indigenous aerial target ‘Abhyas’ is noteworthy testimony of synergy between scientists and industry’

DRDO successfully conducted flight-test of Indigenous Aerial Target ‘Abhyas’

Chandipur, Odisha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said successful flight-test of indigenous aerial target ‘Abhyas’ is noteworthy testimony of synergy between scientists and the industry. 

He was speaking about the successful conduct of Defence Research and Development Organisation-led (DRDO) flight test of indigenously-developed High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) Abhyas from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on December 23.

During the flight trial, high subsonic speed trajectory at a very low altitude with high endurance was demonstrated. Two boosters provided initial acceleration during launch and a small turbo jet engine is used to sustain high subsonic speed with long endurance. The indigenous data link designed by Bengaluru based industry partner has been successfully flown and tested during the flight. 

The performance of the system during the entire flight duration has been confirmed from the data captured by various range instruments deployed. 

Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru-based DRDO laboratory along with other DRDO laboratories has developed this indigenous unmanned aerial target system to meet the requirement of aerial targets of Indian Armed Forces. The aircraft is controlled from a ground based controller and an indigenously developed MEMS based Inertial Navigation System (INS) along with the Flight Control Computer which helps it to follow the pre-designated path in a fully autonomous mode. 

Secretary DD R&D & Chairman, DRDO complimented scientists of the laboratory, their team members and associated industry partners for the successful development efforts.

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