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ZALA Aero (Kalashnikov) REX-2

Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) Rifle

Russia | 2022

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

The physical qualities of the ZALA Aero (Kalashnikov) REX-2. Information presented is strictly for general reference and should not be misconstrued as useful for hardware restoration or operation.
Semi-Automatic; Repeat-Fire
Not Applicable.
Three-Hour Battery Life.
Iron Front and Rear; Supported Optics Sets.
Notable series variants as part of the ZALA Aero (Kalashnikov) REX-2 Counter-Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) Rifle family line.
REX-2 - Base Series Name.
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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.

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

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Contractor(s): ZALA Aero (Kalashnikov) - Russia
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