DRDO successfully tests Abhyas: What is it and why is it important for India’s air defence mechanism?

India has successfully conducted the flight test of Abhyas, the High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (or HEAT) vehicles. The trial, on Tuesday, was carried out from the Integrated Test Range near Chandipur in Odisha by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), and tracked by radars and electro-optic equipment.

Congratulating the DRDO, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: “The DRDO achieved a milestone today with the successful flight test of ABHYAS – High Speed Expandable Aerial Target from ITR Balasore. This can be used as a target for evaluation of various Missile systems.”

As part of Tuesday’s trial, two demonstrator vehicles were test-flown successfully.

Abhyas has been developed and designed by the DRDO’s Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) wing. It has been under development for nine years, and this was the second successful test flight.

Abhyas – not just an aerial target
Abhyas is a High-speed Expendable Aerial Target that provides a realistic threat scenario for practising weapon systems

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