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India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has achieved a significant milestone with the successful completion of recent flight trials of the high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT) named ‘ABHYAS.’

Conducted at the Integrated Test Range in Odisha, the trials focused on achieving key mission objectives. This included validating the effectiveness of a revised, robust configuration utilizing a single booster design. This streamlined approach not only reduces complexity but also paves the way for cost-effective production.

Developed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), ABHYAS is a critical addition to India’s defense infrastructure. This indigenously-built aerial target serves as a realistic and cost-effective alternative for training and evaluation of various missile systems. ABHYAS’s expendable nature eliminates the need for retrieval, further reducing operational costs.

DRDO plans to initiate production of ABHYAS through collaboration with leading Indian companies like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Defence. This partnership will leverage domestic expertise for large-scale manufacturing.

Furthermore, DRDO is exploring the development of a loitering munition variant of ABHYAS. This version could potentially be offered for export, catering to countries seeking cost-effective options for their defense needs.

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