Zala Aero ZALA 421-16
Zala Aero ZALA 421-16

Zala Aero ZALA 421-16

 ZALA 421-16 is a special complex based on an aircraft-type UAV that performs remote monitoring with an average flight duration. The creation of this model was a revolutionary step in the development of developments in the Russian design and operation of UAV complexes. ZALA 421-16 is notable for the introduction of completely new modern solutions, the use of which had a positive impact on all indicators of the device.

July 10 2009 of this UAV set a record duration of the flight, which was h 12. 21 min.

Create Zala 421-16 questioned the relevance of the use of UAVs for flight airfield equipment.

The purpose of this unmanned vehicle is to observe in a wide range of weather conditions of the underlying surface (dry land, water and in conditions of complex terrain), the detection and search of objects. Provides real-time transmission and reception of thermal imaging and television images of the terrain, works as a repeater, identifies objects and coordinates of observation, collects, processes and accumulates other information. The complex is equipped with a new software package VIZA, which greatly simplifies the work of the decryptor.

The standard version of the UAV is a mirror digital camera with a resolution of 10 megapixels and a video camera with a video recording and digitization device installed on a gyrostabilized platform. In the optional version, the device is equipped with an IR camera. The UAV is able to deliver medications, weapons and cargo for distances up to 50 km with an accuracy of 200 m. In the event of failure of radio electronic devices, it is provided for the inclusion of a backup navigation system. The composition of the payload is planned to be expanded by a small-sized remote gas analyzer. Also in the long term, the list of tasks performed by the complex can be expanded by target designation and retransmission of data.

Similar to the previously released models ZALA 421-08 and ZALA 421-04M, the ZALA 421-16 UAV was created using an aerodynamic "flying wing" type. The main competitor of this drone is considered to be the UAV "Aileron 10D". In the development of ZALA 421-16, much attention was paid to ensuring its low visibility. Due to this, many Russian defense and security agencies need such a complex. In particular, representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Internal Affairs, FSB FSB and MO are interested in its operation. The Border Service reported that, in terms of their tactical and technical characteristics, the ZALA 421-16 unmanned aerial vehicle is well suited to perform various tasks on guarding the state border, in particular, to carry out a long-distance flight over long distances. 

Zala Aero ZALA 421-16. Characteristics:

Modification   Zala 421-16
The diameter of the rotor, m   1.62
Length m  
Height, m  
Width, m  
Weight, kg  
  maximum take-off   18
engine's type   1 engine
Power, hp   1 x
Maximum speed km / h   150
Cruising speed, km / h   70
Radius of action, km   50
The duration of the flight, ch.min   4-7
Practical ceiling, m  


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