High Speed Expendable Aerial Target 'ABHYAS' Triumphs in Trials

High Speed Expendable Aerial Target 'ABHYAS' Triumphs in Trials
28-June 2024...........

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has triumphantly concluded six sequential developmental trials of the High-Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) known as ‘ABHYAS’ with an enhanced booster configuration at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha. This milestone signifies ABHYAS' completion of ten developmental trials, underscoring the system's reliability.

The trials incorporated enhancements in the Radar Cross section and Visual and Infrared augmentation systems. Throughout these trials, numerous mission objectives, such as the safe release of the booster, launcher clearance, and endurance performance, were successfully verified. Impressively, two launches were executed back-to-back within a mere 30-minute interval, illustrating operational ease with minimal logistical support. Representatives from the Services observed the flight trials.

Conceived by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment in Bengaluru and developed in collaboration with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Larsen & Toubro, ABHYAS simulates realistic threat scenarios for weapon systems training. This indigenous platform is engineered for autonomous flight, facilitated by an auto-pilot system, and managed via a laptop-based Ground Control System for aircraft integration, pre-flight checks, and autonomous flight operations. Additionally, it includes a feature for in-flight data recording for post-flight analysis. The booster, crafted by the Advanced Systems Laboratory, and the navigation system, designed by the Research Centre Imarat, are pivotal components. With designated production agencies in place, ABHYAS is primed for mass production.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh lauded the DRDO, Armed Forces, and industry for the successful developmental trials of ‘ABHYAS’. He remarked that the successful tests exemplify the harmonious synergy between scientists and the industry.

Dr. Samir V Kamat, Secretary of the Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO, congratulated the teams involved in the triumphant flight trials and highlighted the system's cost-effectiveness and substantial export potential.

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