Successful test-flight of Abhyas

Issue: 9 / 2020

Successful test-flight of Abhyas - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT), was carried out on September 22, 2020 by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Interim Test Range at Balasore in Odisha. During the trials, two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown. The vehicle can be used as target for evaluation of various missile systems. Abhyas is designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment. The air vehicle is launched using twin underslung booster. It is powered by a small gas turbine engine and has MEMSbased Inertial Navigation System (INS) for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control. During the testing phase, the user requirement of flying altitude of five km, vehicle speed of 0.5 Mach, endurance of 30 minutes and 2g turn capability of the test vehicle were successfully achieved.