The world’s first lightweight unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the aircraft type ZALA 421-16E5G, equipped with a hybrid power plant with an electric motor and an internal combustion engine (ICE), developed by the Russian company ZALA Aero (part of the Kalashnikov Group of Companies of the Rostec State Corporation) … This was announced to TASS by Nikita Khamitov, head of special projects at ZALA Aero, during the presentation of the new UAV.
“We are the first in the world in this class of drones to combine an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The company has made a sequential hybrid – during the flight, the internal combustion engine is not the main pushing engine, but feeds the generator and the buffer battery. including the electric motor, “Khamitov informed.
According to him, the use of a hybrid power plant significantly increases the duration of the drone’s flight compared to analogues. “Thanks to this scheme, we got a flight time of more than 16 hours, and also provided an opportunity to work on an object of interest in a completely silent mode,” Khamitov said.
According to him, the serial production of the UAV has already begun. “There is already a customer. Serial production has already started,” Khamitov said, adding that the production facilities of ZALA Aero allow producing a total of up to 300 different drones per year.
The ZALA 421-16E5G is the world’s first aircraft-type UAV without an aerodrome base, equipped with a hybrid power plant consisting of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. The drone is positioned as a reconnaissance vehicle. “The payload allows the use of target designation systems, communication relaying, monitoring of cellular networks 2G, 3G, 4G. It can conduct electronic reconnaissance in the area and determine cell phones and their location, as well as relay communications for several tens of kilometers,” added Khamitov.