ABHYAS – the High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) was successfully flight-tested yesterday by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur . Abhyas is designed and devloped by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru.
The current flight test is carried out as a part of developmental flight trials. The vehicle can be used as an aerial target for evaluation of various missile systems. Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful flight trial of Abhyas.
This indigenous target aircraft, once developed, will meet the requirements of high speed expendable aerial targets (HEAT) for Indian Armed forces. Dr G Satheesh Reddy, termed it as a force-multiplier considering its accuracy and effectiveness.