×
Military Pay Scale Military Ranks Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Arms Warships & Submarines
HOME
AIRCRAFT / AVIATION
MODERN AIR FORCES
COUNTRIES
MANUFACTURERS
COMPARE
BY CONFLICT
BY TYPE
BY DECADE
MODERN AIRCRAFT
DRONE TECHNOLOGY

ZALA 421-08


Unmanned Micro-Air Vehicle (UMAV)


Aviation / Aerospace

1 / 1
Image from official Zala Aero Group marketing materials.

The ZALA 421-08 UAV serves the modern Russian Armed Forces as a highly-portable air-based reconnaissance system.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 12/22/2020 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has proven itself in warfare and humanitarian actions actively across the last two decades. An evolution of the basic approach in design has been seen during that period with ever-smaller units being able to accomplish ever-greater feats in the skies. "Drone" aircraft can carry out a plethora of over-battlefield roles these days - either under human command through autonomous action - including intelligence-gathering, reconnaissance of enemy positions/strengths, delivery of medical goods, and identification of enemy combatants or survivors.

The hand-launched ZALA "421-08" UAV serves the modern Russian Army primarily in the reconnaissance role. It features a take-off weight of just 5.5lb, a wingspan of 2.66 feet, and an operating range out to 18.65 miles. The aircraft has a mission endurance window of just over 1.5 hours and can reach operating altitudes of 6,560 feet.

Its lightweight design makes it man-portable in-the-field and the system's reliance on an electrical powerplant makes for a low acoustic signature when operating close to enemy forces. The airframe consists of single-piece construction for strength and can operate in all-weather environments, carrying its all-important optics set under the bended-wing body design (payload rating is up to 0.66lb). A two-bladed propeller unit is seated at the nose. Navigation is handled through traditional INS means with an SNS (GPS/GLONASS) correction system for accuracy. The unit can be hand- or elastic catapult-launched into action in minutes and is recovered by way of parachute or airbag for reuse.

The 421-08 model series by ZALA Aero Group includes the 421-8M. The company produces a complete line of UAV/UAS solutions (as well as anti-drone offerings) for various roles and includes the ZALA "GEO" and ZALA "Drone Delivery" (ZDD) models. A complete lineup is available at their website https://zala-aero.com/en/.


Specifications



Year:
2008
Status
Active, In-Service
Crew
0
Production
350 Units
ZALA Aero Group - Russia
National flag of Russia Russia
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
- Unmanned
Length:
1.35 ft (0.41 m)
Width:
2.62 ft (0.8 m)
Empty Weight:
2 lb (1 kg)
MTOW:
4 lb (2 kg)
(Diff: +2lb)
(Showcased weight values pertain to the ZALA 421-08 production model)
1 x Electric engine driving a two-bladed propeller at the nose.
Max Speed:
93 mph (150 kph; 81 kts)
Service Ceiling:
11,811 feet (3,600 m; 2.24 miles)
Max Range:
9 miles (15 km; 8 nm)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the ZALA 421-08 production model; Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database)
None. Mission payload restricted to cameras and sensor equipment.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the ZALA 421-08 production model)
421-08 - Base Series Designation
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies


2021 Military Pay Scale Army Ranks Navy Ranks Air Force Ranks Alphabet Code DoD Dictionary American War Deaths French Military Victories

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world and WDMMA.org, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft.


Facebook Logo YouTube Logo

www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-