Zala aero group, which is part of the Kalashnikov company, presented the new Zala VTOL drone convertible at the IDEX-2021 military exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
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The drone can be used for monitoring, but also as part of rescue operations.
“The new unmanned complex has aircraft-type devices with replaceable wings. In one case, a conventional wing is used for classic launching of devices from a catapult, in another case, the drone wing is equipped with additional cables with four horizontally arranged propellers, which allows Zala VTOL to perform vertical take-off and landing and makes it a hybrid of airplanes and helicopters “, the company’s press service told Sputnik.
The conversion of the unmanned aircraft into a hybrid by changing the wings is done within a few minutes, the Kalashnikov company states, adding that the new unmanned complex can be used for aerial monitoring, for example, during monitoring of the energy complex, as well as during search and rescue operations.
The device is equipped with a computer with elements of artificial intelligence, which allows it to process photos and videos, infrared images and other parameters before the end of the flight.
The drone can have various accessories, including cameras and video cameras, a temperature monitor, combined telethermal recording systems, gas analyzers and dosimeters, lasers and more. The drone has a device for automatic monitoring of the movement of objects.
In the traditional version, the VTOL Hall can fly for four hours, after which it lands with a parachute. The soft landing of the drone is provided by a pillow that inflates under the hull. In the version with additional engines, Zala VTOL can take off and land vertically in fully automatic mode, which enables efficient use of the device in urban areas, in mountainous and hard-to-reach areas, however, the flight time is reduced to two hours.
The wingspan of the Zala VTOL is 2.58 meters, the maximum take-off weight is 10.5 kilograms, and the flight speed is up to 110 kilometers per hour. The main propulsion device of the vehicle, which enables horizontal flight, is the propeller.
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