India Conducts Successful Flight Test of Abhyas Target Drone

May 14, 2019

The Diplomat – On Monday, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) announced that it had successfully tested the Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) drone. The pilotless aircraft, designed to serve as a target in live-fire weapons tests, was flight-tested at India’s Interim Test Range near Chandipur, Odisha.

“The flight test was tracked by various radars & electro optic systems and proved its performance in fully autonomous way point navigation mode,” a DRDO press release noted.

Abhyas “is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and uses indigenously developed MEMS based navigation system for its navigation and guidance,” it added. Monday’s test was successful, according to DRDO.

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