India’s Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has announced the succesful test flight of a High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) called ‘Abhyas’.
As per a DRDO release two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown during the trials which were held at the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha, which is on India’s East Coast.
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, DRDO stated.
Abhyas 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 air vehicle is launched using twin underslung booster.
The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight and check out of air vehicle can be done using a laptop based Ground Control Station (GCS).
The Abhyas High Speed Expendable Aerial Target has been designed & developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), DRDO.
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