What is ABHYAS?

1 min read
What is ABHYAS?     Blog Image


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted four flight trials of the high-speed expendable aerial target 'ABHYAS' recently.


  • It is a high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT).
  • It is designed by the DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE).
  • ABHYAS offers a realistic threat scenario for the practice of weapon systems.
  • It is the ideal platform for the validation of Armed Forces equipment slated for induction (only those that require aerial engagement). 


  • It is designed for autonomous flying with the help of an autopilot indigenously made by the ADE.
  • It has a radar cross-section and a visual and infrared augmentation system required for weapon practice.
  • The target drone has a laptop-based Ground Control System with which the aircraft can be integrated and pre-flight checks, data recording during the flight, replays after the flight and post-flight analysis can be carried out. 

Key Facts about DRDO:

  • It is the R&D wing of the Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, with a vision to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies and a mission to achieve self-reliance in critical defence technologies and systems.
  • It is India's largest research organisation
  • Formation: The organisation was formed in 1958 from the amalgamation of the then- existing Technical Development Establishment (TDEs) of the Indian Army and the Directorate of Technical Development and Production (DTDP) with the Defence Science Organisation (DSO). 
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • It has a network of laboratories engaged in developing defence technologies covering various fields, like aeronautics, armaments, electronics, land combat engineering, life sciences, materials, missiles, and naval systems. 

Q1: What is a Radar?

Radar stands for "Radio Detection and Ranging." It is a technology used to detect and track objects, such as aircraft, ships, weather formations, and other physical phenomena. Radar works by emitting electromagnetic waves (radio waves) and then analyzing the reflections or echoes of those waves when they bounce back after hitting an object.

Source:DRDO successfully conducts four flight trials of high-speed expendable aerial target 'ABHYAS' | WATCH