Gandhinagar, October 19, 2022: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) received a Development cum Production Partner (DcPP)/ Production Agency (PA) certificate for ABHYAS - High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) System from DRDO at a programme held on the sidelines of DefExpo 2022. Mr C B Ananthakrishnan, CMD, HAL received the certificate from Dr Samir V Kamat, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO.
The Aircraft Division of HAL is the first DcPP/PA identified organization under ADE-DRDO’s new scheme for procurement of complex system. HAL had formally handed-over the first batch of two units of High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) System ABHYAS to Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) recently.
The successful completion of this first batch order has enabled HAL to become a Development cum Production Partner (DcPP)/ Production Agency (PA) for bulk supply of this target Aircraft and explore potential export opportunities giving significant boost to “Make in India” initiative for the defence supplies.
ABHYAS is designed & developed by ADE, Bengaluru, DRDO as an indigenous target aircraft. ABHYAS is launched with the help of a booster, which falls after boost phase. The flight continues with a small gas turbine engine at subsonic speed. ABHYAS is programmed for fully autonomous flight, equipped with Inertial Navigation System (INS) for navigation and a Flight Control Computer (FCC) for guidance and control. With more than 80% indigenous content, ABHYAS is a leap step towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat” in defence technologies