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DRDO successfully conducts flight test of indigenously developed High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) Abhyas

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DRDO successfully conducts flight test of indigenously developed High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) Abhyas
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Thursday, successfully conducted the flight test of indigenously developed High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) Abhyas today from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast, Odisha.(Image Source : ANI)


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Thursday, successfully conducted the flight test of indigenously developed High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) Abhyas today from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast, Odisha.

During the flight trial, a high subsonic speed trajectory at a very low altitude with high endurance was demonstrated, news agency ANI reported. “Two boosters provided initial acceleration during launch & a small turbojet engine is used to sustain high subsonic speed with long endurance,” the DRDO said.

“The indigenous data link designed by a Bengaluru-based industry partner has been successfully flown and tested during the flight… The performance of ‘Abhyas’ during the entire flight duration has been confirmed from the data captured by various instruments deployed,” DRDO further noted.

Designed to meet the aerial target of Indian armed forces

The unmanned indigenous aerial target system has been developed by the Bengaluru-based Aeronautics Development Establishment (ADE) along with other laboratories of the DRDO. The system has been designed to meet the high-speed aerial target requirements of the Indian armed forces.

According to information available in the open domain, the aircraft is controlled by a navigation system operated with the help of a flight control computer. According to an ANI report, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the successful flight test of HEAT displays a synergy between the scientific community and the industry.

The development may be viewed as a step in the direction of achieving self-reliance in defence, in line with the government’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat policy.

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