Three New Civilian UAVs from Kalashnikov

ZALA Aero, a Kalashnikov Group subsidiary, presented three new civilian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) within the framework of the ZALA EXPO exhibition in Moscow. 

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ZALA 421-24

This model is the first quadrocopter in the ZALA line of unmanned systems. ZALA 421-24 has a compact foldable design and can remain invisible in the air due to its low acoustic and visual signature. Ease of operation allows using the UAV system by only one person using a hand-held controller and  itcan be operated from a mobile vehicle.

Its main advantage is the absence of the need to use a specially equipped launch pad and the ability to operate in a wide range of weather conditions.


This model is a modernized version of the ZALA 421-16E system, which combines the best qualities of aircraft and helicopter types of drones. ZALA VTOL can change the configuration depending on the conditions of the task being performed and provides a huge potential for monitoring and aerial photography of any hard-to-reach places and areal objects.

The computing power of the ZX1 on-board computer based on artificial intelligence makes it possible to process data in Full HD and transmit HD video and photos over encrypted communication channels to the ground control station, ensuring the effectiveness of monitoring even before the aircraft lands.

The lightweight UAV can stay in the air for up to 4 hours in an aircraft configuration. Its main advantage is the absence of the need to use a specially equipped launch site, full compatibility with new payloads, ground control equipment, software and hardware solutions of the ZALA UAV model line, and also allows the installation of additional geodetic equipment.

ZALA 421-16E5G

This is the first domestic unmanned aerial system with a hybrid powerplant. The non-aerodrome-based system, equipped with a sequential hybrid power plant, is capable of staying in the air for more than 12 hours and covering distances of over 1200 km. The onboard computer based on artificial intelligence, the detection and recognition system process information in real-time. A video navigation system that is used during the flight minimizes the consequences of electronic warfare and ensures that the flight is performed in full radio silence.

The main advantage of the sequential hybrid is the ability to work on a target in the electrical circuit, which reduces the acoustic visibility of the unmanned system. In addition to optoelectronic payloads, the device is equipped with electronic reconnaissance equipment, communication repeaters, and cellular network monitoring modules.

 ZALA AERO GROUP is the leading Russian developer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems, unique payloads, and mobile systems. In January 2015 ZALA AERO became part of Kalashnikov Concern.

Zala's main products are reconnaissance unmanned systems and digital solutions. Currently, more than 2000 ZALA UAS operate within Russia. Areas of application are the protection of state borders, reconnaissance and rescue operations, monitoring of high-risk facilities, and emergencies.


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