“ABHYAS” – High Speed Expendable Aerial Target

Context: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under Ministry of Defence has successfully completed the developmental trials of High-Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) ‘ABHYAS’ with improved booster configuration from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha. 10 developmental trials for the ABHYAS have been successfully conducted which demonstrates the reliability of the system.


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  • ABHYAS aims to provide a realistic threat scenario for weapon systems practice. 
  • This indigenous system is designed for autonomous flying with the help of an auto pilot, a laptop-based Ground Control System for aircraft integration, pre-flight checks, and autonomous flight. It also has a feature to record data during flight for post-flight analysis. 
  • ABHYAS has been designed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment, Bengaluru and developed through production agencies – Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Larsen & Toubro. 
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