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DRDO Successfully Conducted Flight Test of ‘ABHYAS’

Author : Odisha Today Bureau | Posted on: 2019-05-14

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS -- high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha.

 

"The flight test was tracked by various radars and electro-optic systems and proved its performance in fully autonomous waypoint navigation mode," a Defence Ministry release said.

 

The pilotless target aircraft are used by the DRDO and the three services for testing their different types of missiles including air-to-air missiles and surface to air missiles.

 

The ABHYAS is an advanced expendable target which can be used for simulating different types of aircraft and missiles.

 

"The configuration of ABHYAS is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and uses indigenously developed MEMS-based navigation system for its navigation and guidance," the release said.

 

The concept of ABHYAS was proved and pre-project details were completed on January 2013. The first experimental launch (minus the engine) was conducted in 2012.  The project was sanctioned with an initial funding of Rs 15 crore.

 

The project picked up pace after three services floated a global tender for procurement of 225 HEAT drones.

 

The design of the fuselage is based is based on Lakshya, a high speed target drone system developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of DRDO.

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