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Vikash Sharma

Abhyas, the High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) was successfully flight-tested on Friday by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Bay of Bengal in Odisha.

Official sources said that it can be used as an aerial target for evaluation of various missile systems. The performance of the target aircraft was monitored through telemetry and various tracking sensors including Radars and Electro Optical Tracking System (EOTS).

ABHYAS has been designed and developed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru.

As per a PIB release, the current test was carried out as part of its developmental flight trials. Already the Expression of interest for production of the vehicle has been floated for Indian industries.

This indigenous target aircraft, once developed, will meet the requirements of High-speed Expendable Aerial Targets (HEAT) for Indian Armed Forces.

“The air vehicle is launched using twin under-slung boosters which provide the initial acceleration to the vehicle. It is powered by a gas turbine engine to sustain a long endurance flight at subsonic speed. The target aircraft is equipped with MEMS based Inertial Navigation System (INS) for steering along with the Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control. The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight. The check-out of air vehicle is done using laptop-based Ground Control Station (GCS),” the press release added.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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