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29th June, 2024 Defence



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  • The DRDO has successfully completed six consecutive developmental trials of the High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) 'ABHYAS' with improved configurations, achieving a total of ten trials.
  • These tests validated various mission objectives and demonstrated the system's reliability and ease of operation.
  • The trials took place at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Odisha



Introduction:  It offers a realistic threat scenario for weapon systems practice

Design and Development

  • Designed by : Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru.
  • Production by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Larsen & Toubro (L&T).
  • Autonomous Flight: Equipped with autopilot for autonomous flying.
  • Ground Control System: Laptop-based system for integration, pre-flight checks, and flight control.
  • Data Recording: In-flight data recording for post-flight analysis.

About DRDO:


  • The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India stands as the premier agency responsible for military research and development.
  • Established in 1958, it merged several technical development establishments to form a diverse research organization headquartered in Delhi, comprising 52 laboratories.
  • Motto: Strength’s origin is in science.

Mission of DRDO

  • Design, develop, and produce state-of-the-art sensors, weapon systems, platforms, and allied equipment for the Defence Services.
  • Provide technological solutions to optimize combat effectiveness and enhance troop well-being.
  • Develop infrastructure, quality manpower, and a robust technology base.

Vision of DRDO

  • Establish a world-class science and technology base to bolster India's prosperity.
  • Equip Defence Services with cutting-edge systems for a decisive edge in defence capabilities.




Q.  Which organizations are responsible for the production of 'ABHYAS'?

A. Bharat Electronics Limited and DRDO

B. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Larsen & Toubro

C. Bharat Dynamics Limited and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

D. Larsen & Toubro and Research Centre Imarat

Answer: B.