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ZALA 421-20

Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

ZALA 421-20

Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

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SPECIFICATIONS
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OVERVIEW



The ZALA 421-20 offers critical ISR functionality over the battlefield and is geared towards other global industries as well.
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ORIGIN: Russia
YEAR: 2015
MANUFACTURER(S): ZALA Aero Group - Russia
PRODUCTION: 50
OPERATORS: Russia
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the ZALA 421-20 model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 0
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 265 pounds (120 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 441 pounds (200 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Internal combustion engine of unknown make, model and output; driving multi-bladed propeller unit arranged in pusher configuration.
SPEED (MAX): 137 miles-per-hour (220 kilometers-per-hour; 119 knots)
RANGE: 75 miles (120 kilometers; 65 nautical miles)
CEILING: 16,404 feet (5,000 meters; 3.11 miles)




ARMAMENT



None. Mission payload consisting of various optics and sensor fits to meet mission requirements.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Model 421-20 - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the ZALA 421-20 Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).  Entry last updated on 11/15/2016. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
Zala Aero Group manages a growing stable of Russian-engineered Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). The ZALA 421-20 series is one such offering intended for tactical service use. The product is marketed as a long-loiter Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) platform and geared towards various industries including military, law enforcement, border protection, the oil sector, fire service and the like.

The 421-20 features a 50 kilogram payload capability, mounting various optics and sensor sets as needed. The platform can be used to laser-designate precision-guided munitions for accompanying attack aircraft, offer InfraRed (IR) high definition camera functionality and provide real-time over-battlefield data collection / transference to ground forces / commanders for further interpretation.

Available optics fits include a High Definition camcorder, thermal zoom and photo / video camera, all gyro-stabilized for maximum picture / video clarity.

Operational ranges reach out to 400 kilometers with a mission endurance window between six and eight hours. Maximum operating altitude is 5,000 meters with power provided from an internal combustion engine driving a bladed propeller unit in pusher configuration, giving the vehicle a speed up to 220 kilometers per hour. Onboard navigation is handled by an INS-corrected GPS / GLONASS system with electronic telemeter.

The overall design arrangement of the aircraft is of twin-boom allowing the central fuselage nacelle to house all pertinent mission equipment and the powerplant itself. The wing mainplanes are straight and shoulder-mounted to the fuselage. From the trailing edges the booms take shape and lead to vertical tail fins supporting a single horizontal plane. The fixed tricycle wheeled undercarriage arrangement allows for rough-field operations in both launching and retrieving the air vehicle.




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Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 150mph
Lo: 75mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (137mph).

    Graph average of 112.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
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Training
ASW
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Aerial Tanker
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A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
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