DRDO’s ABHYAS Achieves Milestones in Developmental Trials

DRDO’s ABHYAS Achieves Milestones in Developmental Trials

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently achieved significant milestones in the development of the High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) ‘ABHYAS’. This structured rewrite and MCQs summarize the achievements and features of ABHYAS.

Developmental Trials Achievements

  1. Successful Trials
    • DRDO completed six consecutive developmental trials of ABHYAS at Integrated Test Range, Chandipur, Odisha.
    • ABHYAS has now completed a total of 10 developmental trials, showcasing its reliability.
  2. Enhanced Features
    • Trials included improvements in Radar Cross Section and augmentation systems like Visual and Infrared.
    • Mission objectives such as safe booster release and endurance were successfully validated.
  3. Operational Efficiency
    • Demonstrated capability with two back-to-back launches within a short interval of 30 minutes.
    • Minimal logistics support highlighted ease of operation.

Design and Features of ABHYAS

  1. Autonomous Capabilities
    • Designed for autonomous flying using autopilot technology.
    • Includes a laptop-based Ground Control System for integration and pre-flight checks.
  2. Data Recording and Analysis
    • Capable of recording flight data for detailed post-flight analysis.
  3. Development and Collaboration
    • Developed by DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment, Bengaluru.
    • Production involved Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Larsen & Toubro.

Recognition and Future Prospects

  1. Government Acknowledgment
    • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised DRDO, Armed Forces, and industry for successful trials.
  2. Cost-effectiveness and Export Potential
    • Secretary of Department of Defence R&D highlighted ABHYAS’s cost-effectiveness and potential for export.

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with Answers:

  1. What is the primary purpose of ABHYAS?
    • A) Surveillance
    • B) Combat
    • C) Target Practice
    • D) Transport
    Answer: C) Target Practice
  2. Where were the recent developmental trials of ABHYAS conducted?
    • A) Bengaluru
    • B) Chandipur, Odisha
    • C) New Delhi
    • D) Mumbai
    Answer: B) Chandipur, Odisha
  3. Which agencies were involved in the production of ABHYAS?
    • A) DRDO and ISRO
    • B) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Larsen & Toubro
    • C) Indian Air Force and Indian Navy
    • D) Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs
    Answer: B) Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Larsen & Toubro