Defence DRDO successfully tests ABHYAS - High Speed Expandable Aerial Target

DRDO successfully tests ABHYAS – High Speed Expandable Aerial Target

DRDO Abhyas successfully tested
Images of the DRDO Abhyas high-speed expendable target drone tested today on the east coast (Photo:- DRDO)

DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) successfully flight tested ABHYAS – High Speed Expandable Aerial Target from ITR Balasore, Odhisa.

ABHYAS is designed for autonomous flying with the help of an autopilot, under development. It can be used as a target for air defence weapon practices.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed about the flight test and also congratulates DRDO for achieving this milestone.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “The DRDO achieved a milestone today with the successful flight test of ABHYAS – High Speed Expandable Aerial Target from ITR Balasore. This can be used as a target for evaluation of various Missile systems. Congratulations to DRDO India & other stakeholders for this achievement.”

During the trials, two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown. The air vehicle is launched using twin underslung booster.

It has RCS (Radar Cross section), Visual, and Infra Red that can be augmented to stimulate a variety of aircraft which can used as a target for variety of air defence weapons. Besides, target practice it can also play the role of a jammer and decoy.

ABHYAS is fitted with Gas Turbine engine which gives a thrust of 25 KG, it can fly with a endurance of 30 to 45 minutes.

It has completed its design phase and has successfully completed the first Experimental Launch without the engine on 23rd June 2012.

ABHYAS is launched from a mobile launcher with the help of two 68 mm rockets, which are manufactured at the ordinance factories.

It can fly at a altitude of 5000 meters and can attain the speed of 0.5 Mach. It has MEMS based Inertial Navigation System (INS) for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control.

Aditya Raj
Writer & Co-founder of InfotOnline.

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