Kalashnikov is building UAVs | The AK Of Drones?

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Our fearless leader, Steve, sent me an email that he learned the mother of all AK companies, Kalashnikov Concern, appears to be building unmanned aerial vehicles under the Zala Areo brand. A bit of back story on Kalashnikov, not only do they build AKs, trucks and other military weapons under the Kalashnikov brand, they also build a ton of other stuff like biathlon rifles under the Izhmash name, hunting shotguns and sporting rifles under the Baikal brand, even special purpose boats. Sadly we don’t get to see their products on US shores anymore as a result of some political posturing that prevents importation.

With modern warfare relying more on technology to remove soldiers from as much danger as they possibly can. With the prevalence of the UAV in militaries as well as law enforcement and business roles dozens of companies are popping up producing some pretty interesting models. Kalashnikov Concern seems to have identified a market for the drones. It appears that their drones were even used at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi to monitor security at the events.

Kalashnikov has developed a pretty diverse lineup with fixed wing models and rotary wing models as well. The capabilities of each one are detailed in Russian on their website.

 

The ZALA 421-210dvoLrC

The ZALA 421-220U2LH9u

The ZALA 421-16EAGjR7Si

The ZALA 421-08MCi2gpuk

The ZALA 421-16EqhRaqxT



Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and works in the shooting sports industry. He is an avid recreational shooter and a verified gun nerd. With a lifelong passion for shooting, he has a love for all types of firearms, especially handguns and the AR-15 platform. Patrick may be contacted at tfbpatrick@gmail.com.

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  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Im sure this will achieve the same amount of success as Russian, cars, computers, movies, phones and nuclear reactors.

    • Tritro29

      If you knew what you were talking about, your comment on these drones would have come off as mildly educated. But you clearly and it’s not your fault, do not understand what you’re looking at.

      Watch closely, then check for Israeli drone manufacturer BlueBird. Then google “Licensed Production”. Yes these drones are already VERY successful, notably because they’re proven…

      For the rest, Kalashnikov has produced high tech weapons for decades (not the AK) but hey…Ignorance is bliss etc.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Are you having a stroke?
        lol

        • Tritro29

          Am I giving you one? Ignorant and Proud the Story of modern day USA?

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            True, lol, what would Americans know about successful products and winning?

            I seem to remember Russia collapsing into the ground a few years back because of their backwards political and economic philosophy.

          • Tritro29

            Clearly not much since you ignore the origin of these UAV’s. It’s like you’re digging a deeper hole there friend.

            As for Economic Philosophy?

            1. It was a historical analytical tool.
            2. It was called Marxism.
            3. It was German with sprinkle of French “genius”.
            4. It still doesn’t beat living on borrowed time, money and “growth” “fo’ avah”.
            5. Trump 2016/Hillary 2016. Pretty much both far worse than Putin 2017 at this point…Maybe Ching Peng for Life in 2020 will be better. Yeah I think we got the worst alternative covered…don’t worry for us.

            But clearly you recognise winning at the first sight. Bi*** Please.

            Also yeah, we’re still here after thrice the timespan you’ve existed as a people, we can cope with failure.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            “…we can cope with failure.”

            Sure, stick with what you know I guess.

            Excuse me, im watching an important interview on my new Russian TV…

          • Sermon 7.62

            The Russians are practical people. That’s the reason Russia doesn’t make UAV and aircraft carriers. These things are too vulnerable. It isn’t practical to spend billions on crap, is it?

            Business Insider: Meet The Russian Avtobaza — Iran’s Possible Drone Killer

            “Stephen Trimble from Flight Global reports Russia delivered the Avtobaza ground-based electronic intelligence and jamming system to Iran six-weeks ago.”

            RQ-170 incident

            “On 4 December 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was captured by Iranian forces. The United States government initially denied the claims but later President Obama acknowledged that the downed aircraft was a US drone and requested that Iran return it. Flight Global assumes UAV guidance could be targeted by 1L222 Avtobaza radar jamming and deception system supplied to Iran by Russia.”

          • Sermon 7.62

            PolitiFact: Donald Trump says U.S. doesn’t make TVs anymore

            “Then we have South Korea, who I love,” he said. “I have buildings in South Korea. But they make a fortune. I buy television sets. I buy a tremendous amount of things there because we don’t make television sets anymore, folks. We’d like to make them. We used to make them. You remember Sylvania, RCA. But those days are gone.”

            So we began our own search for American television manufacturers and found no company that flat out says its sets are “Made in USA.”

            Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, told us that just about all components for TVs – the electronics that go inside the set – are made in Asia. “It would be impossible to manufacture a TV in the U.S. without imported parts,” he said.

          • john huscio

            We’ve got a live one!

      • Bill

        I like Russian stuff, and am debating trying some Russian watches, but…what’s the Russian equivalent of a Chevy Corvette or IPad Pro? I had a really cool experience in a motorcycle dealership once where I could compare between a Ducati and a Ural – I wanted both, and left with neither.

        Now Russian cinema is great, from “The Battleship Potemkin” on, and you do have the market cornered for tragic poetry and literature.

        • Tritro29

          What the US equivalent of BMW 3series? What’s the US equivalent of the Ducati 1299 Panigale? Does there need to be an equivalent?

          As for this topic, these drones are well proven and tested. They’re mostly licensed content, slightly modified for Russian use and a market that wouldn’t want to pay the Premium price for the real Israeli deal. Not everyone is going to pay the 450K dollars for a MicroB, while a Zala will come at 100K dollars.
          Is it so hard to understand?

        • Sermon 7.62

          Russian cinema used to be great. “Stalker” and “Solaris” are still great. Timeless. And best of the best animation films are those made in Russia in 70s-80s.

        • iksnilol

          Uh, to be fair. Corvettes are cheaply made (soooo much crappy plastic I wonder why people pay so much for them).

          And Apple in general sucks for mobile devices (tablets and phones). I mean, they still use a 1500 mah battery when pretty much everybody else moved to batteries twice the size. Then everything is proprietary, and they actively try to screw you over (IE can’t go back to older versions of IOS despite the new versions killing your device).

          • Bill

            OK, that’s two people who’ve avoided identifying a Russian analog to the ‘Vette. 😉 I guess it would have been easier if I asked for the equivalent of the Space Shuttle or Concorde.

            How about a Dodge Viper instead? Someone has to have shoved a V12 into a Lada.

          • Tritro29

            What’s the US equivalent for a soul? There’s Marussia (although they’re semi-dead).

          • Bill

            Mississippi Delta Blues

          • Tritro29

            Is that how you avoid being held accountable for crass ignorance? Blowing hot air?

          • Sermon 7.62

            What’s the American equivalent of Russian classical composers or Russian painters? Must be the MTV and modern Degenerate art? If I am not missing something here. Enlighten me.

          • Bill

            Mississipi Delta Blues…

          • Sermon 7.62

            Early this morning
            When you knocked upon my door
            Early this morning, oooo
            When you knocked upon my door
            And I said hello Satan
            I believe it’s time to go

            Me and the Devil
            Was walkin’ side by side
            Me and the Devil, woooo
            Was walking side by side
            And I’m going to beat my woman
            ‘Til I get satisfied

          • iksnilol

            I’mma be honest, never had experience with a Viper. Still, seems pretty meh to me. I don’t have much respect for V12s and stuff. They’re primitive, just throw more cylinders and more displacement at the problem. No love for efficency or precision.

            No surprise there has been Ladas with V12s in ’em. But Russia did make supercars and sports cars (I know, We’re all surprised). Marussia Motors was the brand. But, whilst we all love to harp on Ladas, the new ones aren’t actually bad (in terms of comfort) whilst still retaining that legendary durability.

            Space shuttle is a bad example to harp on Russians with. Considering their spacecraft is still in use whilst the Shuttle is mothballed. Concorde was a legendary failure. I mean, passenger jet cruising at supersonic speeds? Yeah, sonic barrier makes noise all the time when passing through it.

          • Sermon 7.62

            This conversation is becoming hilarious. Concorde wasn’t an American jet. It was Anglo-French.

            “First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued flying for the next 27 years. It is one of only two supersonic transports to have been operated commercially; the other is the Soviet-built Tupolev Tu-144.”

            And Tu-144’s first flight was in 1968, a little earlier than Concorde, although it entered service a little later, in 1977.

            Russian equivalent of Space Shuttle was “Buran” Space Orbiter. It had been launched just once, though, and then the program was cancelled due to the collapse of the state… Tell us now, please, what’s the American equivalent of Russian space stations, such as ISS?

            I can help:

            “Skylab was the United States’ first space station, orbiting Earth from 1973 to 1979, when it fell back to Earth amid huge worldwide media attention.”

            The second American space station was Freedom.

            “Freedom was never constructed or completed as originally designed, and after several cutbacks, the project evolved into the International Space Station program.”

            But of course all of this doesn’t make Americans look less cool, because there is nothing on the planet like Dodge Viper and iPad Pro.

          • Bill

            Hey, I LIKE Russia, and have always planned on visiting eventually, having missed an opportunity when it was still an empire. Y’all need to chill, like Omar Sharif in Dr. Zhivago.

            …but I’m not aware of a big market for imported Russian supercars…

          • Bill

            Read up on the history of the Mir space station – it did provide valuable experience in handling in-flight emergencies like fires and collisions…

          • Sermon 7.62

            So?

            Accidents handled. Lessons learned. Russia runs the ISS.

          • Bill

            Really? So the cost over-runs and delays in construction are on you?

          • Sermon 7.62

            Admit it. American space station programs failed. The Russian ones succeeded. There’s nothing to debate.

          • Bill

            This is getting surreal. Are you that desperate to be a success at something?

          • Sermon 7.62

            Did I start it? Please read this ping pong argument from the beginning.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Marussia B2

            “The 420 horsepower engine allows Marussia cars to reach a claimed top speed of 250 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds.”

          • Bill

            I haven’t seen a whole lot of those outside of nightclubs and fancy golf courses in the US – they must just be spooling up their dealership network.

            Meanwhile, I’ll see your 155 mph and raise you a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and the aforementioned Vettes and Vipers, both of which peak at a touch over 320 km/h – I did the conversion for you.

          • Sermon 7.62

            That data is incorrect. It is for Marussia B1. Engine power is 360 or 420 hp, top speed is 250 kph (155 mph) and it accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.8 seconds.

            Marussia B2: “Engine power is 420 hp, 313 kW, top speed 310 km/h and acceleration 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds.”

            This is Marussia B1

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/25d902e2da517ddb6fab80664550d3432a6cc58b5647ce68661fa386524831b9.jpg

            Don’t forget to include the look, interior and cool factor in the next comparison attemt.

          • Dan

            People pay soo much money for the corvette because A. Their penis is on the small side. B. It says Corvette and C. It goes real fast. Plastic or carbon fiber doesn’t matter. Quality material is not a GM priority. Stuff a big ol V8 in that sucker and make it go fast.

          • iksnilol

            Again, not my taste in cars. Crude and expensive whilst being made as cheaply as possible.

            I like a good 4 cylinder engine, preferably 2 liters.

  • lance

    Wood or plum color wings?????

  • Ben Loong

    This reminds me of an article I read on Defense One a while back that mentioned how Russian military units in eastern Ukraine were making extensive use of numerous different drone models to direct artillery fire.

    • Sermon 7.62

      Must be a serious article. The Russians are coming!

      • Ben Loong

        It was about how the Pentagon was responding to try to counter the capabilities displayed in the Ukrainian theater. Specifically with regard to impressive capabilities displayed by the Russians in massed artillery, use of UAVs, tank-mounted countermeasures and offensive electronic warfare.

        • Tritro29

          You mean the “We need money, now” articles they’ve been pushing since Georgia? We’re nowhere near the juggernaut the Pentagon it trying to make believe.

  • sean

    Why no Bakelite!?

    • Sermon 7.62

      Because these are Israeli drones.

  • John John Slade

    Hmmm…. must be expand business i guess.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    I’m so mad right now I think I’ll hop in my Russian sub and come over there! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4ece03ad9718896ac951fc785d88a48e0eeaeb5698e712a78711a4ceb1600667.jpg

    • Tritro29

      Nothing beats a 13 billion Carrier that can’t even defend itself…

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        At least we don’t have to paint over the French flag when we get a new one.
        I think I know you. You work at the McDonald’s in Red Square, right?
        Don’t forget get my fries, comrade!

        • Sermon 7.62

          In fact, that’s a good point. Americans bring good stuff to Russia. First, that McDonalds cratch and not long ago the “Toilet” coprophagic restaurant, the same as in Los Angeles.

      • Zachary marrs

        I wouldn’t say anything about aircraft carriers when your only one has to take it’s own tug boat wherever it goes.

        • Tritro29

          We don’t need carriers, we got landmass. And it can defend itself…

          • Zachary marrs

            Too bad it can’t launch fully loaded aircraft.

            Or go anywhere without a tug boat

            Or launch planes if a silo door gets damaged.

          • Tritro29

            You mean the land mass? Oy Vey…

          • Zachary marrs

            No, ypur poor excuse for an aircraft carrier.

            Force projection is a thing, Russia is big, but not that big.

          • Tritro29

            Once again, why carriers when We got Landmass. It proved plenty adequate. We’re not world police. Just “regional power”…remember?

          • Tritro29

            Also, our carriers ? Which one?

          • Zachary marrs

            The only one you have in service, captian tug boat

          • Tritro29

            I’m asking again, which one, we don’t have any carrier in Russian Navy. We have cruisers…yes, carriers no.

          • Zachary marrs

            You know, the flagship of your navy?

            The one that is heading towards Syria?

            The Admiral Kuznetsov?

            Ring a bell captian tug boat?

          • Tritro29

            Yes that an Aviation Heavy Cruiser…yes. Ignorance, the new American way. Or not…

          • Zachary marrs

            Lol. It meets all the critera of an aircraft carrier. But whatever you say, captian tug boat.

          • Tritro29

            The problem is that We don’t care about your criteria. The ship is classifier as a heavy aviation cruiser in the Russian nomenclature. Looks you’re wrong… again.

          • Zachary marrs

            Totes not an aircraft carrier.

            You keep arguing anout semantics, tug boat

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a80862d77db03ee866da0b13994dfc0e5db3ca7e399804512740153da3bc3933.jpg

          • Tritro29

            It’s not semantics when your “carrier’s” main weapon are hypersonic cruise missiles. Your ignorance is baffling. Now get yourself a book

          • Zachary marrs

            Man, so much vitriol.

            Might want to check up on your boat, make sure it hasn’t broken down again.

          • Tritro29

            Well, at least it can fight…even when there’s aren’t planes on it, plus we can always sell it as a casino.

          • Tritro29

            Also we’re not asexceptionaliut Things that work. Like pretty much every weapon We use. One man’s trash Is the others trove. Yeah who would think after declaring the FA-MAS trash, you declare another piece of foreign equipment turD. Well American exceptionalism…

          • Zachary marrs

            Not ashamed of things that work? Is that why your aircraft carrier has to have its own tug boat?

            Where did i claim the famas was trash? Oh wait, i didn’t.

            Buzz off, tug boat

          • Tritro29

            You implied that by saying the French were phasing it out. Because as many Things that float the size of the Kuz, it’s more ecinomical to tug them out of port or in port. So now We got two contestants…i’m calling this Dumb and Dumber: American WW weapons edition.

          • Tritro29

            You implied that by saying the French were phasing it out. Because as many Things that float the size of the Kuz, it’s more economical to tug them out of port or in port. So now We got two contestants…i’m calling this Dumb and Dumber: American WW weapons edition.

          • Zachary marrs

            I mentioned the french and the famas because by all indications, they plan on ditching the famas.

            If you think i am making a statement on its quality, you are simply looking for something to argue about.

            Nearly every time someone trots out the “you implied” spiel, it’s just another way of saying “hey, I’m full of s–t”

            That tug ain’t just for ports, captian tug boat.

          • Tritro29

            In a discussion about bullpups being shit…context, the cause of all American tragedies.

            Now get back to the 3R’s, you clearly skipped that part (and the rest).

        • Sermon 7.62

          Russia doesn’t need carriers because Russia doesn’t attack poor countries that don’t have modern technologies to defeat the damn carriers.

          • Zachary marrs

            Really? Is that why they fought Afghanistan, and are currently fighting in Syria?

            Hush.

          • Sermon 7.62

            No, Russia fought in Afganistan in response to Afghan government requests against insurgent militias a.k.a. “the Mujahideen”. In response to the government request. Against those Mujahideen that kidnapped the US ambassador in 1979 and killed him.

            Russia began fighting in Syria after an official request by the Syrian government for help against rebel and jihadist groups, too. I don’t remember Yugoslavian, Lybian or Iraqi government asking the US for help. Read some articles on the topic before posting sh*t.

          • Zachary marrs

            “Russia doesn’t attack poor countries that don’t have modern technologies to defeat the damn carriers.”

            because Syria and Afghanistan were just filled to the brim with money and modern anti shipping weaponry?

            Perhaps you should read some articles, from anywhere OTHER than RT or Pravada

          • Tritro29

            We didn’t attack any of those countries, in both cases their governments were on our side…(You can count Ukraine, though).

            Details…

          • Tritro29

            … In both cases, we’re there to prop a regime that’s already in place and has been this way. Unlike Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya or Syria…

        • Sermon 7.62

          According to one of the U.S. Navy’s top submarine officer Rear Adm. Dave Johnson, “We’ll be facing tough potential opponents. One only has to look at the Severodvinsk, Russia’s version of a nuclear guided missile submarine (SSGN). I am so impressed with this ship that I had Carderock build a model from unclassified data [so that he could look at it every day on his way to his office].

          • Zachary marrs

            Aircraft carrier =/= submarine

    • Sermon 7.62

      “In August 2012, the news media reported that Akula-class submarine operated in the Gulf of Mexico purportedly undetected for over a month, sparking controversy within U.S. military and political circles, with U.S. Senator John Cornyn of the Senate Armed Services Committee demanding details of this deployment from Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, the Chief of Naval Operations.”

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Russia is a sh-t hole dictatorship. Period.
        Its a corrupt slum.
        Everyone knows this.

        • Sermon 7.62

          Russia is corrupted to the core since the liberal coup in the 90’s. But so is the US, being ruled by a bunch of banksters, independent from the Congress. 14 US presidents were Freemasons.

          And soon US is going to turn into the Cuckoo’s Nest. Nurse Ratched is coming.

        • Tritro29

          Unless you hack your Political Elite’s mails and computers, then Russia becomes Boyscout Kingdom.

  • John

    O…M…G…

    Does anyone else see an AK 47 mounted on a drone?

    I do….and it’s GLORIOUS!!!!

    • iksnilol

      No stock, short barrel and 75 round drum mag?

  • iksnilol

    Man, I want a drone with good range (500-800 meters) and decent battery (at least half an hour) that doesn’t cost a crapton.

    Would be useful for checking alternate paths and checking on the sheep in the mountains without riling them all up.

  • Tritro29

    Well compared to laser guided artillery ammunition…Also then it was called TOZ, Izhmekh, Zavod 180.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    In 1982 US Air Force Major Mitchell Gant infiltrated Soviet Russia and stole the MiG-31 “Firefox”.
    So suck it. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/85ce9d28e4bd5cd60fc8ada5d062f00e25ec03b13bd0178d7eb127c2635f486d.jpg

  • Bill

    Would you feel better knowing that the company that makes the most popular consumer drone in the States is CHINESE?

    • Tritro29

      Why would I feel better than the US isn’t “winning”?

  • Bill

    “Winning by a mile.” Kind of like a track team on steroids?

    Sometimes I kill myself

    • Sermon 7.62

      Is this about the so-called BALCO scandal?

    • Tritro29

      Yeah like Carl Lewis and the gang…

  • Scott Wagner

    “Sadly we don’t get to see their products on US shores anymore as a result of some political posturing that prevents importation.”

    That’s an interesting way of describing an invasion of another country….

    • Max Glazer

      USA invaded Iraq on an entirely false pretence.
      Lybia operation was a direct support of terrorist groups.
      Also blatantly openly installed one of the most brazenly faschist governments into Ukraine which propelled the country into a civil war as well as economic collapse.

      If any country should be sanctioned into oblivion, it’s USA.

  • LazyReader

    Only good products to come out of russia, rifles, vodka and suicidal novelists

  • RickOAA .

    One of those looks like an early U.S. military drone.