On April 13, the first domestic unmanned aerial system with a hybrid powerplant, the ZALA 421 – 16E5G, was presented. The non-aerodrome-based system, equipped with a sequential hybrid power plant, is capable of staying in the air for more than 12 hours and covering distances of over 1200 km. The onboard computer based on artificial intelligence, the detection and recognition system process information in real-time.
The ZALA 421-16E5G is equipped with a combined payload with an HD thermal imager and a 60x Full HD video camera. The video stream is broadcast in HD format, which allows the operator of the ground station to see the streaming image in the smallest detail. Optionally, the UAV can be equipped with a laser scanning module, a set of cameras for aerial photography, or other equipment that requires power on board.
A video navigation system that is used during the flight minimizes the consequences of electronic warfare and ensures that the flight is performed in full radio silence. The main advantage of the sequential hybrid is the ability to work on a target in the electrical circuit, which reduces the acoustic visibility of the unmanned system. In addition to optoelectronic payloads, the device is equipped with electronic reconnaissance equipment and cellular network monitoring modules.
The computing power of the ZX1 on-board computer based on artificial intelligence makes it possible to process data in Full HD and transmit HD video and photos via encrypted communication channels to the ground control station, ensuring the effectiveness of monitoring even before the aircraft lands. The power plant is equipped with a buffer storage battery, which ensures the operation of the UAV in “electric” mode for an hour.