HIGH-SPEED EXPENDABLE AERIAL TARGET

  • Recently, The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, off the Bay of Bengal coast in Odisha.
  • DRDO is the Research & Development wing of the Ministry of Defence, Govt of India, with a vision to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies.

Important points:

  • ADE is a key Aeronautical Systems Design Laboratory under DRDO.
  • It is involved in the design and development of the state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Aeronautical Systems and technologies to meet the requirements of the Indian Armed forces

Features

  1. It is powered by a gas turbine engine to sustain a long endurance flight at subsonic speed.
  2. It is equipped with a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control.
  3. The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight and their check-out is done using a laptop-based Ground Control Station (GCS).

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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