Context: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Tuesday conducted successful flight-tests of the indigenously-designed Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) in Balasore. 

About Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) 

  • The vehicle is a drone that will be used as a target for evaluation of various Missile systems. It can also be used as a decoy aircraft, if needed.
  • It is designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of DRDO.
  • It is capable of fully-autonomous flight and runs on a gas turbine engine. 
  • Its inertial navigation system is based on micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and it uses a flight control computer for guidance and control.
  • The test vehicle met “the user requirement of 5 km flying altitude, vehicle speed of 0.5 mach [half the speed of sound], endurance of 30 minutes and 2G turn capability”.
  • The first successful test was in May 2019.

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