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ABHYAS: High-speed Expendable Aerial Target

Published: 1st Nov, 2021


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



  • The ABHYAS has been designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of DRDO.
    • ADE is involved in the construction and development of state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Aeronautical Systems and technologies to meet the needs of Indian Armed Forces (IAF).
    • It is a leading Aeronautical Systems Design laboratory under the
  • Features: To support a long-lasting aircraft at subsonic speed, it is powered by a gas turbine engine.
    • The vehicle is designed for fully automatic aircraft and its check-out is performed using a laptop-based Ground Control Station (GCS).
    • Based on Inertial Navigation System (INS) navigation and Flight Control Computer (FCC), it is installed with MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) for guidance and control.
  • Utility: It will provide a realistic scenario that threatens the practice of weapons systems and will be used as a test target for various missile systems.

Other Recent Developments by DRDO

  • In October 2020, the DRDO conducted a successful flight test of the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.
  • In February 2021, India successfully test-fired indigenously-developed anti-tank guided missile systems ‘Dhruvastra’ and ‘Helina’.
  • In June 2021, a new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-P (Prime) was successfully test-fired by the DRDO.
  • In July 2021, DRDO launched the Man Portable Anti Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) and the Akash-NG (New Generation).
  • In September 2021, the DRDO tested a new version of the Akash Missile – ‘Akash Prime’ – from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha.

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