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DRDO developing high- speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) drone Abhyas

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    DRDO developing high- speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) drone Abhyas

    Tarmak007 -- A bold blog on Indian defence: EXPRESS EXCLUSIVE: DRDO developing high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) drone Abhyas | Younger brother of Lakshya, ADE plans 15 TDs of Abhyas in next 2 years





    Bangalore: Abhyas, a high-speed expendable
    aerial target (HEAT) drone, is taking definite shape
    at the hangars of Aeronautical Development
    Establishment (ADE). The scientists are now
    working on the propulsion and control systems
    to be fitted onboard Abyas, taking the project
    closer to it's final configuration. Kept under wraps
    till Aero India-2013, Abhyas is tipped as the
    younger brother of Lakshya, a pilot-less target
    aircraft (PTA), now being extensively used by the
    three wings of Services.
    In an interview to Express, ADE director P S
    Krishnan confirmed that Abhyas has already
    undergone a proof of the concept, pre-project
    trial at the Defence Research and Development
    Organisation's new test-range in Chitradurga.
    “The first experimental launch (minus the engine)
    of Abhyas was held last year at the Chitradurga
    range. It was the first ground-based trial held at
    the new range. We are now working on a small
    gas turbine engine weighing 19 kg having a thrust
    of 25 kg to be fitted on to Abhyas,â€￾ Krishnan said.
    He said in order to put the project on a fast-track,
    ADE scientists have used the the same toe-body
    of Lakshya. “We have sized the wings and tail
    plane in proportionate to that of Lakshya so that
    we are able to get the final product at the earliest.
    We have conceived a launcher and also identified
    two 68-mm rockets for Abhyas. The first
    experimental flight successfully demonstrated the
    launch and configuration capabilities,â€￾ Krishnan
    With an endurance of 25-30 minutes, Abhyas will
    be fitted with sensors and is GPS-enabled. It will
    have onboard actuators, a flight control computer
    and a miss-distance indicator. The project was
    sanctioned with an initial DRDO funding of Rs 15
    crore and ADE will roll out 15 Abhyas technology
    demonstrators (TDs) in the next two years.
    The Services have floated a combined global
    tender projecting the requirement of 225 HEAT
    drones and ADE says it will not be bidding for the
    same. The Indian Navy wants HEAT platforms so
    that it can do away with the post-launch recovery
    modes, which are time-consuming and difficult in
    a huge scenario like the sea. “In addition to being
    a stable vehicle for weapon practice, Abhyas can
    be used as an effective jammer platform. Every
    bit of onboard systems come for Indian
    industries, which makes Project Abhyas special in
    many ways. ,â€￾ Krishnan said.
    He said ADE is confident of getting Abyas straight
    away on to the production mode, once the TDs
    are accepted by the Services. Around 50
    scientists are working on Project Abhyas at ADE
    now. In the HEAT vehicle category, the Mirach
    integrated aerial variants from Italy are said to be
    the best in the business now, and only time will
    tell whether India's Abhya will better its might.
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