India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted successful flight test of Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha on May 13.
The flight test was tracked by various radars and electro optic systems and proved its performance in fully autonomous way point navigation mode, said an Indian Ministry of Defence statement.
The configuration of Abhyas is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and uses indigenously developed MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)-based navigation system for its navigation and guidance. The performance of the system was as per simulations carried out and demonstrated the capability of Abhyas to meet the mission requirement for a cost effective HEAT, added the statement.
DRDO Abhyas is a high-speed expendable aerial target drone being developed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) for the Indian Armed Forces.
The drone’s fuselage is adopted from Lakshya, a high speed target drone system previously developed by DRDO. Abhyas
is powered by a gas-turbine engine, having a thrust of 25 kg, and has an endurance of 30–45 minutes.
Abhyas is launched from a mobile launcher with the help of two 68 mm booster rockets. At the end of its launch phase the burnout booster rockets are jettisoned, and the main gas-turbine engine powers the vehicle through the cruise phase.
Abhyas radar cross-section (RCS) as well as its visual and infrared signatures can be augmented to simulate a variety of aircraft for air-defense weapon training. It can also function as a jammer platform and decoy.