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ZALA Lancet


Loitering Munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)


Russia | 2019



"The ZALA Lancet series was unveiled in 2019 and debuted during 2020 by Russian forces fighting in Syria."



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The ZALA "Lancet" is a "loitering munition" Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) originating from Russia's ZALA Aero. The company known in the Russian drone sphere for its fixed-wing "421" series (detailed elsewhere on this site) as well as the "KYB-UAV" loitering design and seeks to broaden its depth at the tactical level against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Ukraine (2022 to Present). The design reached Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in 2019 with Russian forces and early iterations of the product were utilized in the fighting in Syria from November 2020 onwards.

As a loitering munition type, the aircraft is designed to be consumed in the attack on a target or target area. Its general shape is that of a missile with the optics set embedded in the nose section. There are two sets of "x-plane" mainplanes, one set featured at the midway point and the other at the end point of the drone's body for the needed control in the air. At the extreme rear of the fuselage is a two-bladed propeller unit arranged in "pusher" fashion (leaving the nose area unobstructed for the optics set). The propulsion scheme is completely electrical (battery driven).

The end result is a low-cost, relatively easy-to-operate, and easy-to-produce attack weapon for any modern fighting force.

The drone has a range out to 25 miles after launch making it ideal for Non-Line-of-Sight (NLoS) ranged attacks. The system's actual level of precision in the field is unknown at this time.

Two primary versions are offered by the company: the "Lancet-1" is a more reconnaissance-minded, lightweight attack platform while the heavier "Lancet-3" carries a 3 kilogram warload.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the ZALA Lancet 3 Loitering Munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
1 x Electric propulsion system driving two-bladed propeller unit in pusher arrangement.
Propulsion
25 miles
40 km | 22 nm
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the ZALA Lancet 3 Loitering Munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).
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Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the ZALA Lancet Loitering Munition Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) .
Internal warload for kamikaze direct-attack role.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the ZALA Lancet family line.
Lancet - Base Series Designation.
Lancet-1 - Lighter production model for armed reconnaissance role.
Lancet-3 - Heavier direct-attack version; 6.6lb war load.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the ZALA Lancet. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 250 Units

Contractor(s): ZALA Aero - Russia
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Image of the ZALA Lancet
Official image from ZALA Aero Group marketing materials.

Mission Roles
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to airborne requirements.
GROUND ATTACK
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RECONNAISSANCE
SPECIAL FORCES
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Recognition
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