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ZALA Aero (Kalashnikov) REX-2


Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) Rifle [ 2022 ]



The ZALA Aero REX-2 is a Russian-originated lighter weight follow-up to the original counter-drone system of 2017.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 08/04/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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The ZALA Aero (Kalashnikov) "REX-2", revealed in June of 2019, is the natural follow-up "Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System" (C-UAS) design to the company's original (and heavier) "REX-1" which appeared to the public for the first time at ARMY-2017. As a counter-drone system, this relatively new Russian-originated "weapon" is designed to directly neutralize low-flying unmanned aircraft at the tactical level. The system is believed to be seeing active combat exposure in the ongoing Russian war with Ukraine (2022-Present).

The system takes on a familiar "rifle-like" form complete with adjustable / folding shoulder stock, integrated underslung pistol grip / trigger unit, and fore grip support component. A section of Picatinny rail is featured over the receiver for the mounting of various tactical scopes for accurized, at-range firing. A folding bipod supports the rifle when prone or behind a low-lying wall. An in-built battery pack provides the needed power to this electrically-centric system, providing operational life for up to three straight hours of use.

The complete system weighs just 6.6lb, making it highly man-portable for the modern infantryman use to carrying weapons of similar weight and dimension. It can operate between the 3.4Ghz and 5.8Ghz ranges as well as SNS (SATNAV / GLONASS) signals to disrupt incoming transmissions to the target drone. Once disrupted, the drone becomes uncontrollable and most likely crashes to the earth or floats about aimlessly.

The REX-2 can be pulled straight from its hardened transport case and readied in seconds with little preparation needed on the part of the operator. The action is managed through a simple point-and-click functionality, making training of new personnel in the system relatively easy. Optional "modules" marketed by the company provide targeting of 430MHz, 900MHz, 1.3GHz, 1.8 GHz, and 2.6GHz signal frequencies.

August 2022 - REX-2 systems have been photographed in active use by Russian forces in the ongoing war with Ukraine.

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Specifications



Service Year
2022

Origin
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Russia

Classification


Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) Rifle


ZALA Aero (Kalashnikov) - Russia
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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Accuracy / Precision
Long-range accuracy / precision capable; suitable for sniping, particularly when equipped with sighting aids.
Anti-Aircraft
Ability to engage low-flying aerial threats.
Special Forces
Qualities of this weapon have shown its value to Special Forces elements requiring a versatile, reliable solution for the rigors of special assignments.
Silenced
This weapon is either inherently silent/suppressed or can be made so through special assembly added at the muzzle, specialized subsonic ammunition or a combination of both.
Special Purpose
Special purpose weapon for a specially defined battlefield role.
Asymmetric Warfare
Design is highly variable / low-cost based on battlefield requirement and available materials; general use is in urban settings against an organized foe for high casualty count.


COMPACT NATURE
Compact nature allows for relatively easy concealment.
MAN-PORTABLE
Despite its size / weight, the product can be transported by foot infantry.
SILENCED FUNCTION
Supports silenced / suppressed actions - by way of silencer, suppressor, or subsonic ammunition - for clandestine operations.
SEMI-AUTO FIRE
Internal action allows release of single round per trigger pull, actuating a semi-automatic loading mechanism for successive shots.
REPEAT-FIRE CAPABLE
An automatic, or pseudo-automatic, function is built into the system, allowing for repeat firing to be achieved.
SCOPE-CAPABLE / SIGHTING ASSIST
Supports mounting of optics (scopes) to aid in accuracy for ranged fire.
IRON SIGHTS
Supports 'iron sights' allowing for inherent accuracy in ranged fire.
BIPOD ASSEMBLY
Aiming can be aided by use of a bipod support assembly, either as an integral part of design or option.
POWER REQUIREMENT
Requires external power supply to operate, therefore limiting tactical usefulness.
CUSTOMIZEABLE
Design allows for user adjustability of certain components for customization.
ADAPTABLE
Design offers mounting points for external, after-market hardware including laser aimers, flashlights, scopes, and grips.
GUERILLA WARFARE
Ease-of-use coupled with relative simplicity of combined components makes this entry a cost-effective solution for unconventional elements / fighting forces.


Action


Semi-Automatic; Repeat-Fire

Semi-Automatic
One shot per trigger pull; self-loading or auto-loading action aided by internal mechanism; trigger management (and initial cocking) typically required by the operator; subsequent shots are aided by the unlocked / moved bolt.
(Material presented above is for historical and entertainment value and should not be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation - always consult official manufacturer sources for such information)


Caliber(s)*


Not Applicable.

Rounds / Feed


Three-Hour Battery Life.
Cartridge relative size chart
*May not represent an exhuastive list; calibers are model-specific dependent, always consult official manufacturer sources.
**Graphics not to actual size; not all cartridges may be represented visually; graphics intended for general reference only.
REX-2 - Base Series Name.


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