21 June 2017

Kalashnikov Group conducts trials of new UAV with internal combustion engine


Kalashnikov Group, which is incorporated in the State Corporation Rostec, is conducting the flight stage of manufacturer’s trials of unmanned aerial tactical operational system for intelligence and surveillance ZALA 421-16Е5. This system is the most advanced unmanned aircraft that uses the internal combustion engine (ICE) produced by ZALA AERO GROUP. The UAV has the largest size and the takeoff mass.

The unmanned vehicle is equipped with the internal combustion engine which has resulted in an increase of the endurance that ranges from 12 to 15 hours. As a result of an application of the ICE, the total weight of the UAV increased to 30 kg which makes it possible to apply various types of payloads up to 5 kg. The payload includes thermal surveillance device combined with a video camera with zoom. A laser rangefinder and a laser target indicator can be optionally installed on the vehicle.

The UAV airframe includes a special payload compartment that provides a good fit for a wide range of applications. Thus, it is possible to install other payloads such as aerophotographic camera or electronic warfare devices.

The new ZALA 421-16Е5 is launched by the mobile pneumatic launcher from unequipped grounds which distinguishes the ZALA 421-16Е5 from other unmanned aerial vehicles that are only launched from the airfield. The new airbag landing system provides safe landing and airborne equipment security.

The flight stage of trials is expected to be completed this year, and the unmanned aerial tactical operational system for intelligence and surveillance ZALA 421-16Е5 will be ready for sale.