DRDO successfully conducts Flight Test of ABHYAS

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO, an agency under the Ministry of Defence) conducted a successful flight test of ‘ABHYAS’, a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT). The test was conducted from the Interim Test Range (ITR), at Balasore in Chandipur, Odisha.

It a high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT), which offers a realistic threat scenario for the practice of weapon systems. It is designed for autonomous flying (with help of an autopilot).


1. It has a Luneburg lens (a spherically symmetric gradient-index lens) in the nose cone which improves the radar cross-section of the target for weapons practice.
2. It is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine. For its guidance and navigation, it uses indigenously developed
3. It has an Acoustic Miss Distance Indicator (AMDI, a multi-role scoring system for gunnery training and weapons assessment) to indicate the distance it missed.

The test proved its performance in fully autonomous waypoint (means a series of unique abstract GPS points that create artificial airways) navigation mode. The system performance was as per the simulations carried out. The test demonstrated the capability of ABHYAS to meet the requirement of mission for a cost-effective High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT).

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