India Flight-Tests Locally Designed High-Speed Aerial Target

India's government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested its Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, eastern India, on 13 May. The Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said that Abhyas is configured on an "in-line, small gas turbine, and uses...

India's government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight-tested its Abhyas High-speed Expendable Aerial Target from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, eastern India, on 13 May.

India’s DRDO successfully flight-tested on its Abhyas high-speed expendable aerial target from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur on 13 May . (Via PIB)
India's DRDO successfully flight-tested on its Abhyas high-speed expendable aerial target from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur on 13 May . (Via PIB)

The Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said that Abhyas is configured on an "in-line, small gas turbine, and uses an indigenously developed MEMS [micro-electro-mechanical system]-based navigation system for its navigation and guidance".

Under development since 2012, Abhyas is designed to simulate aircraft for endo-atmospheric, surface-to-air, and air-to-air interception missile testing.

It features an adjustable simulated radar cross-section with a Luneburg lens in its nose cone to improve the target's radar reflectiveness, and an acoustic miss distance indicator (AMDI) system.

Source: www.janes.com