Successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) was today conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha. During the trials, two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown. The vehicle can be used as target for evaluation of various missile systems.
Abhyas is designed & developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), DRDO. The air vehicle is launched using twin underslung booster. It is powered by a small gas turbine engine and has MEMS based Inertial Navigation System (INS) for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control. The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight. The check out of air vehicle is done using laptop based Ground Control Station (GCS).
During the test campaign, the user requirement of 5 km flying altitude, vehicle speed of 0.5 mach, endurance of 30 minutes and 2g turn capability of the test vehicle were successfully achieved.
Abhyas can also be used by India as a decoy system which can deceive the air defence system of the enemy. These decoy systems first enters the enemy territory and creates radar signature of fighter or missile in the enemy radars and they fire their air defence missiles to stop that incoming threats.
Thus location of the enemy air defence system is tracked when they fire missiles on the decoy system as when a missile is fired the infrared signature of that particular location increases drastically and can be easily tracked by the infrared sensors of the fighter jet.
And now through any heat seeking missile you can evade the enemy air defence systems as now you know the exact location where it is installed.
So, ABHYAS is a multipurpose solution for Indian Armed Forces provided by DRDO.