ABHYAS High speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT)


  • Recently, India successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT), ABHYAS, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the Odisha coast.

About ABHYAS High speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT)

  • The performance of the aircraft at low altitude, including sustained level and high maneuverability, was demonstrated during the test flight.

    ABHYAS High speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT)
    Photo Credit: Indian Express
  • The target aircraft was flown from a ground-based controller in a pre-designated low-altitude flight path, which was monitored by various tracking sensors deployed by the ITR, including radar and an electro-optical targeting system.
  • ABHYAS is designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The air vehicle was launched using twin under-slung boosters, which provide the initial acceleration to the vehicle.
  • It is powered by a small gas turbine engine to sustain a long endurance flight at high subsonic speed.
  • The target aircraft is equipped with a micro-electromechanical systems-based inertial navigation system.
  • It also has a flight control computer for guidance and control along with a radio altimeter for very low-altitude flight and a data link for encrypted communication.

Reference: TH

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