From 13 to 17 September, on the territory of the Issyk-Kul region of the Kyrgyz Republic, was held a joint Russian-Kyrgyz exercise on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles against drug trafficking.
As part of the delegation of the Russian Federation, the event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the National Guard, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, as well as the leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems ZALA AERO. The exercise was conducted with the participation of representatives of the security forces of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the initiator of the exercise was the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Since 2008, unmanned aerial systems ZALA have been operated in the system of law enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation, and more than 500 operators of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia and Rosgvardia have passed through the ZALA Training Center. The accumulated experience has made it possible to demonstrate the advantages of technical means. Within 3 days, more than 8 flights were carried out in mountainous areas, over water bodies, as well as in urban areas. The main tool for performing tasks was a complex with an unmanned aerial system ZALA 421-16E. This aerial vehicle is the most massive in the divisions of the Russian Guard.
As part of the exercise, ZALA AERO employees, together with employees of special aviation units of the Federal Service of the National Guard of the Russian Federation, conducted methodological and practical exercises on tracing criminals, search and rescue operations, providing communications in difficult areas, aerial photography, the use of geographic information systems, mapping the growing areas of wild hemp and other special methods of using unmanned aerial vehicles in official activities.
The achieved results of the exercises were considered within the framework of the visiting session of the State Coordination Committee for Drug Control of the Kyrgyz Republic. The representatives of the UN, the Kyrgyz Republic, the interdepartmental delegation of the Russian Federation, and the local diplomatic corps noted the high efficiency of the use of unmanned aerial systems ZALA in law enforcement. The results of the exercises were the achievement of agreements on working out the issue of creating a joint training center for operators of unmanned aerial systems in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic and conducting regional exercises using UAVs in the Kyrgyz territory in 2022.