DRDO development on ABHYA High Speed Areal Target (HEAT) has been tested successfully on 22nd September from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha.
This said to be a major boost for the Indian armed forces. Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted the success on social media by saying, “The DRDO achieved a milestone today with the successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-Speed Expandable Aerial Target from ITR Balasore. This can be used as a target for evaluation of various Missile systems. Congratulations to DRDO & other stakeholders for this achievement.”
The Drone is designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), DRDO and it is launched using twin underslung booster.
ABHYS has been designed with in-line small gas turbine engine, and it developed indigenously with micro-electro-mechanical systems-based system for navigation and guidance. DRDO has adopted its Lakshya tow body to design the fuselage for the Abhyas. The fuselage consists of five sections, namely the nose cone, equipment bay, fuel tank bay, air intake bay and tail cone.
The air vehicle is launched using a twin underslung booster. It is powered by a small gas turbine engine and has a MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control. The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight.
Abhyas’s radar cross-section (RCS) and its visual and infrared signatures can be used to simulate a variety of aircraft for air-defense weapon practices. It can also function as a jammer platform and decoy.