Zala Aero ZALA 421-12
Zala Aero ZALA 421-12

Zala Aero ZALA 421-12

In 2007 the company Zala Aero released the revolutionary model of UAV ZALA 421-12. By developing approached outside the box - first held work on equipping the payload, and then - on the glider. Finally got not only the aircraft with a payload as high as the load infrared and day range.

Payload is presented:

  • Color cameras, stabilized in two axes to inspect all points of the lower hemisphere, having a smooth adjustment of the viewing angle.

  • Gyro-stabilized thermal imaging platform.

In this model, the first time for the management of the payload corresponds to airborne equipment. UAV flight duration increased to two hours. The device is able to carry a payload of up to a total weight of 1 kg. The standard version includes a complete set of premises within this weight in two axes gyro-stabilized camera with a digital image stabilizer and an overview of all the points of the lower hemisphere. Also on a stable platform can be installed thermal imager or camera, expandable to 10 megapixels.

Tests have shown that the distance of the effective use of UAVs at a distance of up to 50 km.

Complexes ZALA 421-12 on the results of the contest began to buy on the needs of the Border Service of the Russian Federation.

Under the contract, the drones are provided with interchangeable payload options: a camera, a color video camera and thermal imager, allows viewing all points in the lower hemisphere for special operations at any time, and the implementation of covert surveillance. The launch of the UAV does not require special airport equipment and takes place by means of pneumatic or elastic catapult.

Complex ZALA 421-12 2008 in the state testing program was completed and had to prove itself on good service in the uniformed services.

Purpose Complex ZALA 421-12 is to monitor various types of underlying surface in a wide range of weather conditions, search and find objects.

It provides transmit and receive data in the form of thermal imaging pictures and television area, the definition of objects of observation and coordinate the collection, processing and storage of additional information.

All the complexes are supplied with the already integrated ZANET system, which broadcasts telemetric and visual information from any UAV to the ground terminals, as well as the transfer of control of the drone from one NSU to another. All tasks, whether compatible with ZANET, or not, are displayed on a single card, which allows for centralized control of the UAV. The use of the ZANET system is of particular relevance when several unmanned vehicles of different structures operate in the same region. Power structures and the border guard service have already shown interest in approbation and deployment of the UAV with the ZANET system installed on its bases.

In the 2009, the developers have modernized UAV ZALA 421-12. Changes have been made in airframe design, the useful load and the arrangement of indoor units. The new version of the camera is set normally, but in a compartment of the payload space is reserved for installation of thermal or camcorder. Therefore, to obtain high-quality images and video, is no longer required to carry out the flight several times, which has a positive effect on savings during use complex UAV ZALA 421-12.

Zala Aero ZALA 421-12. Characteristics:

Modification Zala 421-04M
Wingspan, m 1.60
Length m 0.62
Height, m 0.25
Weight, kg  
maximum take-off 4.20
engine's type 1 ED
Power, hp X 1 20
Maximum speed km / h 130
Cruising speed, km / h 65-120
Radius of action, km 45
Flight duration, h 1.5
Practical ceiling, m 3600


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