ZALA AERO flight teams have reached another important milestone, having completed more than 200,000 flights using ZALA 421-16E unmanned aircraft since the start of serial production and operation of this type of UAV. The total flight time was more than 500,000 flight hours.
The 421-16E is the most popular model in ZALA AERO family of unmanned aircraft systems. Every 12 minutes, a UAV type 421-16E takes off or lands. The first flight of this UAV took place in January 2011.
The main application of ZALA unmanned systems is in the oil, gas, and energy sectors. ZALA UAVs are used for regular aerial monitoring of pipeline transport facilities in the interests of Gazprom, Gazprom Neft, NK "Rosneft, LUKOIL, Transneft, Slavneft, Tatneft, INC, and etc.
The ZALA 421-16E UAVs are capable of performing high-precision aerial photography, video and thermal monitoring, gas analysis, multispectral photography, and other tasks that require high-tech solutions.
The duration of the UAV flight is more than 4 hours. Thanks to the load capacity of the 421-16E, there are used the best photo and video cameras in their class. During operation, UAVs of this type have passed 4 deep upgrades. Since 2020, all UAVs have received a powerful onboard computer with artificial intelligence, Full HD video and infrared cameras that broadcast data in HD format," smart " batteries, and other improvements that increase the performance of unmanned systems.