ABHYAS UNDERGOES FLIGHT TEST

DRDO successfully carried
out flight test of High-speed
Expendable Aerial Target
(HEAT), Abhyas, from Integrated
Test Range (ITR), Balasore on 22
September 2020. Two demonstrator
vehicles were successfully test flown
during the trial. The vehicle can
be used as target for evaluation of
various missile systems. Abhyas
is designed and developed by
DRDO’s Aeronautical Development
Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru.
The air vehicle was launched
using twin under slung booster. It is
powered by a small gas turbine engine
and has MicroElectroMechanical
(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. The check out of
air vehicle is done using laptop-based
Ground Control Station (GCS).
The user requirements of 5 km
flying altitude, 0.5 Mach of vehicle
speed, 30-minute endurance and
2 g turn capability of the test vehicle
were successfully achieved in test.

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