ABHYAS (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Sci and Tech)

News-CRUX-10     29th June 2024        
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Context: Recently, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully completed six consecutive developmental trials of High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) ‘ABHYAS’ in Chandipur, Odisha.


  • About: It is designed to provide a realistic threat scenario for the practice of weapon systems, enhancing the effectiveness of training exercises. It is High-speed Expendable Aerial Target.
  • Purpose: Designed for realistic threat scenario practice of weapon systems
  • Development: Conceptualized and designed by DRDO's Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE)
  • Trial location: At Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha.
  • Mission Objectives: Achieved safe release of booster, launcher clearance, and required end-of-launch velocity.
  • Features:

oConfiguration: Utilized a revised robust configuration with a single booster. 

oAutonomous Flying: Equipped with an indigenous autopilot system developed by ADE for autonomous flight.

oAugmentation Systems: Features Radar Cross Section, Visual, and Infrared augmentation systems necessary for weapon practice.

oGround Control System: Laptop-based system for integration, pre-flight checks, data recording, flight replay, and post-flight analysis.

  • Production Agencies: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Defence.