DRDO Successfully Conducted the Flight Test of ABHYAS (Download PDF)


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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted successful flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range, Balasore, Chandipur in Odisha.

Various RADARS and Electro Optic Systems were used to track the flight test.

Map Location in Balasore Odhisa

Map Location in Balasore Odhisa

Map Location in Balasore Odhisa

The performance of the system was as per simulations carried out and demonstrated the capability of ABHYAS to meet the mission requirement for a cost effective HEAT.

This is image ABHYAS- HEAT

This is Image ABHYAS- HEAT

This is image ABHYAS- HEAT

Flight Test Overview & Observations

  • DRDO ABHYAS is a high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) being built by the Aeronautical development establishment (ADE) of the DRDO for Indian armed forces.

  • The configuration of ABHYAS is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and it uses indigenously developed MEMS based navigation system.

  • The fuselage for the ABHYAS was designed by adopting the DRDO Lakshya tow body (not the main fuselage).

  • The fuselage consists of five sections, namely the nose cone, equipment bay, fuel tank bay, air intake bay and tail cone. The material for the nose and tail cones are made up of composite material (GFRP), whereas the material of the equipment bay, air intake bay and fuel tank are made up of an aluminum steel alloy.

  • The wings and tail plane of the ABHYAS have been derived from the Lakshya by downsizing them; however the wings of the ABHYAS are positioned on the upper-side of the body whereas the Lakshya has under-body wings.

  • The Abhyas is launched from a mobile launcher with the help of two 68 mm booster rockets (being manufactured at ordinance factories). At the end of its launch phase the burnout booster rockets are jettisoned. Thereafter, the main gas-turbine engine powers the vehicle during cruise phase.


  • The visual and infrared signatures of ABHYAS’s radar cross-section (RCS) can be augmented to simulate a variety of aircraft for air-defense weapon practices.

  • It can also function as a jammer platform and decoy.

  • The HEAT system is utilized to do away with the post-launch recovery mode, which is time-consuming and difficult in a scenario as the sea.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 24, 2019

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