The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), conducted successful flight test of ‘Abhyas’, a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT).The flight test was conducted at the Interim Test Range, Chandipur,in Odisha.
The trial flight test was tracked by various radars and electro-optic systems and proved its performance in fully autonomous waypoint navigation mode (means a series of unique abstract GPS points that create artificial airways) navigation mode,official sources said.The system performance was as per the simulations carried out.
The test demonstrated the capability of ABHYAS to meet requirement of mission for a cost effective High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT).
The configuration of ABHYAS is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and it uses indigenously developed Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems(MEMS) based navigation system. It is a high speed expendable aerial target (HEAT),which offers a realistic threat scenario for practice of weapon systems.
It has a Luneburg lens (a spherically symmetric gradient-index lens) in the nose cone which improves the radar cross-section of target for weapons practice and it also has an Acoustic Miss Distance Indicator (AMDI, a multi-role scoring system for gunnery training and weapons assessment) to indicate the distance it missed.