DRDO successfully tests high-speed aerial target ‘ABHYAS’ at Chandipur

ABHYAS, created by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), simulates a realistic threat scenario for weapon system testing. ABHYAS, which operates autonomously with the help of an ADE autopilot, includes a Radar cross-section, Visual, and Infrared augmentation system that is required for weapon training.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved a significant milestone with the successful completion of four flight trials of the High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) – ABHYAS at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha, from January 30 to February 02, 2024. These trials were conducted with different mission objectives in a revised robust configuration, utilizing a single booster designed by the Advanced Systems Laboratory in Hyderabad, aimed at providing reduced launch acceleration.

The objectives included the safe release of the booster, launcher clearance, and achieving the required end-of-launch velocity, all of which were accomplished. The flight trials validated various parameters such as required endurance, speed, manoeuvrability, altitude, and range.

ABHYAS, created by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), simulates a realistic threat scenario for weapon system testing. ABHYAS, which operates autonomously with the help of an ADE autopilot, includes a Radar cross-section, Visual, and Infrared augmentation system that is required for weapon training.

The system features a laptop-based Ground Control System that allows for integration, pre-flight checks, data recording during flight, replay after flight, and post-flight analysis. ABHYAS is deemed ready for production due to its low logistics requirements and cost-effectiveness in comparison to imported equivalents, with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Defence as identified production agencies. The system has export potential and could be sold to friendly countries.

Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister, extended his congratulations to DRDO, the Armed Forces, and the Industry for the successful flight trials of ABHYAS. He emphasized that the development of this system would fulfil the aerial target requirements for the Armed Forces. Dr. Samir V Kamat, the Secretary of the Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO, praised the efforts of the teams involved in the design, development, and testing of the system.

The recent advancements in ABHYAS underscore India’s commitment to indigenous development in the field of defence technology. The successful flight trials not only validate the capabilities of the high-speed expendable aerial target but also position India as a self-reliant player in the development and production of cutting-edge defence systems.

The export potential of ABHYAS enhances India’s standing as a reliable partner in the global defence industry, offering advanced technologies to friendly nations. The successful realization of ABHYAS reflects the synergy between research institutions, industry partners, and the armed forces, showcasing India’s strides towards self-sufficiency in critical defence capabilities.