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Zala: Welcome latest “New Kid on the VTOL block”, presented at IDEX 2021

By Chris Stonor

ZALA Aero Group unveiled its new hybrid unmanned VTOL at the IDEX 2021 International Defense Industry Exhibition and Conference this week which opened on Sunday in Abu Dhabi, reports a company press release.

The release states, “(This) unique complex combines the best qualities of fixed-wing and multirotor types of UAVs and can change the configuration depending on the conditions of the performed task.”

It goes on, “The ease of operation of this unmanned complex allows to reduce the role of the human factor, decrease the number of equipment used when performing a flight mission, and fully automate the flight processes of the UAV.”

AI is an important feature. The release says, “The computing power of the ZX1 on-board computer is based on artificial intelligence which makes it possible to process data in Full HD and transmit HD video and photos via encrypted communication channels to the GCS, ensuring the effectiveness of monitoring even before the aircraft lands.”

The Aero Group also points out the versatility of the ZALA VTOL design that makes it “fully compatible with all existing ZALA payloads, and also allows the installation of additional surveying equipment.”

The unmanned craft is an effective solution for performing air monitoring for the fuel and energy complex, search and rescue operations to ensure safe take-off/landing from unprepared sites in urban environments, as well as hard-to-haul routes.


ZALA Aero Group was formed in 2014 and today is a leading Russian developer and manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems, unique payloads and mobile systems. In 2015 , the company became part of Concern Kalashnikov.

The main products are reconnaissance unmanned systems and digital solutions. Currently, more than 2000 of ZALA UAS operate within Russia. Areas of application are the protection of state borders, reconnaissance and rescue operations, monitoring of high-risk facilities and first responder emergencies.

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