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Zala Aero Group unveils new UAS Zala 421-16EM

ZALA AERO GROUP has developed a brand-new unmanned aircraft system for the national market. Advanced aerodynamics and gyrostabilization allow for quality photo and video reconnaissance using 18 Mpx Electro and Optical 20x zoom camera one of the payloads available for the platform. UAV is designed in company's custom "flying wing" manner with pushing propulsion system.

Electro/optic payload with advance fixing mechanism, up to 2.5 hours endurance, 3600 m operative ceiling, 40 km range, 1 kg payload, low observable to detect – all this features are ideal for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions.

The aircraft has been in development for the last eight months confirming its abilities to function in a wide range of harsh environments and as all other ZALA AERO GROUP UAVs is adapted for a temperature range of -30?C...+50?.

The ZALA 421-16EM is of similar design to ZALA 421-16E launched in early 2011 however the main difference is that ZALA 421-16EM can be launched using an elastic catapult compared or conventional pneumatic catapult, has a two meter wing span for easier transportation and is more flexible to employ in operational theater as the UAS takes only 15 minutes to deploy.

ZALA 421-G3 HD/IR Payload Description

An ultra-compact color PAL block camera sta-bilized platform, which is able to carry out the survey with resolution of HD quality. It has 10x optical zoom in combination with optional 4x digital. Fitted with thermal imaging camera TAU 640. It pro-vides NTSC video stream at 30 frames per second with resolution 640x480. Built-in denoising system, high sensitivity (<50 mK at f/0.1), flexible operating environment from -30/+50°C, low energy demand, portability and light weight present significant advantage while carrying out night survey, monitoring during bad weather and diverse season. ZALA platform is unique as it has built-in system of stabilization and independent inertial system that make the quality of im-ages higher thanks to cutting of mechanical restriction and digital noise. Overall dimensions 165x127x127mm, wieght 890g, tangage +/- 85, roll ±125°, operating temperature -30°C…+50°, video output HD/PAL, Resolution 1080i/640x480, spectral range of IR 7,5…13,5 µm. Perfect auto-focusing, light weight and compact dimensions combined with flex-ible automatic stabilized platform allow operator to monitor with wide angle range that lead to hi-res images.

Press release issued by Zala Aero on May 22, 2012


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