ABHYAS: HIGH-SPEED EXPENDABLE AERIAL TARGET (HEAT)
The DRDO has successfully flight-tested ABHYAS – the High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Odisha.
The indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle will be used as a target for the evaluation of various missile systems.
- Powered by a gas turbine engine due to which, aircraft will sustain a long endurance flight at a subsonic speed.
- Equipped with a MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) in order to navigate along with Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control.
- Programmed for fully autonomous flight. The check-out of air vehicles is completed through a laptop-based Ground Control Station (GCS).