20 June 2017

Kalashnikov Group to start mass production of new unmanned system


Kalashnikov Group, which is incorporated in the State Corporation Rostec, has launched the mass production of sophisticated Russian unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicle, the ZALA 421-16E2, manufactured by ZALA AERO (integrated into the Kalashnikov Group).

“We have been working in secrecy for two years on the new UAV. The ZALA 421-16Е2 has no analogues in Russia and in the whole world. It provides unique functions, reliable and easy operation and a silent mode, which is so important for defense and security agencies. The first UAVs have been sent to customers. In 2017, the unmanned aviation system is expected to undergo the state trials”, said Nikita Zakharov, the Deputy Director of group of companies ZALA AERO.

One of the fundamental features of the ZALA 421-16Е2 is the low weight (within 7.5 kg). Even though the weight is so low, the unmanned aircraft payload includes a daytime camera equipped with a 60x optical zoom and a 10x magnification thermal surveillance device. The UAV can transmit video information in complex weather conditions within a distance of no less than 30 km and the radius of its control is no less than 50 km.

New unmanned aircraft is capable of staying in the air for 4 hours. It is manually launched without the help of a catapult.

Safe landing of both ZALA 421-16Е2 and ZALA 421-16Е is ensured by a built-in parachute and an air shock absorber that minimize risks of damage during landing. Communication between the UAVs is established by retransmission which provides wide range of the ZALA 421-16Е2 applications. The system acts as the link that serves for overall coordination and control over the land units and robotic systems, for conducting the OTH surveillance and reconnaissance.

Built-in inertial system, electronic telemeter and self-checking sensors provide the drone with full autonomy from GPS/GLONASS satellite navigation system and guarantee the accomplishment of tasks.