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High-speed expendable aerial target Abhyas successfully tested

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday successfully flight-tested the high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) ‘ABHYAS’ from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Odisha’s Chandipur, off the coast of the Bay of Bengal, as per sources.  

The performance of the target aircraft was monitored through telemetry and several sensors, including radars and electro optical tracking system (EOTS), the sources reported. 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful trial.  

ABHYAS is designed and built by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of DRDO situated in Bengaluru. The air vehicle is launched using twin under-slung boosters which provide the initial acceleration to the vehicle. It is powered by a gas turbine engine to maintain a long-endurance flight at subsonic speed, the sources said.  

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