HEAT Abhyas – successfully tested by DRDO

DRDO has successfully tested the High-speed Expendable Aerial Target Abhyas at Chandipur off the coast, Odisha on December 23, 2021.


  • HEAT ABHYAS has been successfully tested by DRDO at the Chandipur off the Coast , Odisha
  • During the flight trial, high subsonic speed trajectory (of Abhyas) at a very low altitude with high endurance was demonstrated.
  • It had two boosters which provided initial acceleration at the launch. It also had a small turbojet Engine. This engine was used to sustain high subsonic speed.
  • The system has been developed to meet the requirement of aerial targets of Indian Armed Forces.
  • It was the second flight test. The first flight test took place on 23 June 2012.

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About Abhyas

DRDO Abhyas is a high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) being built by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Armed Forces.

  • The Aircraft can be used as aerial target for missile systems. 
  • This project was sanctioned with initial funding of Rs 15 crores.
  • The aircraft is launched from a mobile launcher with the help of two 68 mm booster rockets.
  • It is lightweight and reliable, consumes less power and is cost-effective.

It is also GPS-enabled and has an onboard flight control computer and a miss-distance indicator. 
The aircraft is designed for autonomous flight with the help of an autopilot.

The aircraft is controlled from a ground-based controller and an indigenously developed MEMS- based Inertial Navigation System along with Flight Control Computer . It helps it to follow predesignated path in automatic mode.


The success full test of the aircraft will boost the powers of Indian Military Forces. It is a great testimony of the synergy between scientists and the Indian industry. 

About DRDO

  • DRDO : Defence Research and Development Organization
  • Established : 1958
  • Chairman : Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
  • Headquarters : DRDO Bhavan, New Delhi

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1. What is Abhyas HEAT ?

It is a high speed expendable aerial target Abhyas. This is being built by the Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO for Indian Armed Forces.

Q2. When did first flight took place of ABHYAS ?

23 June 2012