Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer ZALA Aero, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Kalashnikov Group, has developed a new variant of its fixed-wing ZALA-421-16E5 UAV. Unlike the baseline air vehicle that is powered by an electric motor, the ZALA-421-16E5 ICE variant features an electronically managed internal combustion engine powering a pusher propeller. The new variant is intended for reconnaissance and border control missions. The ZALA-421-16E5 ICE has a wingspan of 5.3 m, a maximum take-off weight of 29.5 kg, a range of approximately 100 km, and an endurance of up to 20 hours. The vehicle can be operated at temperatures between -50 C° and +50 C° and can withstand wind speeds of up to 15 m/s. The air vehicle is launched by a catapult and carries an integral parachute and shock absorber for landing. Continue> https://www.janes.com/article/84682/zala-aero-unveils-updated-zala-421-16e5-uav #drone#drones #uav #uas #DroneExpert #Tech #Security #TerrorThreat #DroneDefence #Military
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