Russian army begins to actively use ZALA drones — Kalashnikov

MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - AUGUST 24, 2020: A KUB-BLA unmanned aerial vehicle on display at an exhibition as part of the Army 2020 International Military Technical Forum at the Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center of the Russian Armed Forces. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS Ðîññèÿ. Ìîñêîâñêàÿ îáëàñòü. Áåñïèëîòíûé ëåòàòåëüíûé àïïàðàò "ÊÓÁ-ÁËÀ" íà âûñòàâêå âîîðóæåíèé Ìåæäóíàðîäíîãî âîåííî-òåõíè÷åñêîãî ôîðóìà "Àðìèÿ 2020" â âîåííî-ïàòðèîòè÷åñêîì ïàðêå "Ïàòðèîò". Àíòîí Íîâîäåðåæêèí/ÒÀÑÑ

Moscow,SANA-The Russian army has begun to actively use unmanned aerial vehicles from ZALA Aero (an affiliate of the Kalashnikov concern), the concern’s president, Alan Lushnikov, told TASS.

“Any ZALA UAVs are new for the Russian Defense Ministry. As follows from the publications, the army has begun to actively use them,” he said.

Earlier, the state corporation Rostec said that Russia’s kamikaze drones KUB and Lancet are widely used in combat operations in Ukraine, and have “successfully demonstrated their properties in combat conditions.” The drones are mainly used to hit distant ground targets.

The KUB UAV, developed by ZALA Aero, carries a three-kilogram warhead. Its maximum flight duration is 30 minutes and speed – 130 km/h. The loitering ammunition KUB in November 2021 successfully passed government certification tests. Its serial deliveries to the Russian army were scheduled to begin in 2022.

MHD Ibrahim

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