Infantry Weapons

ZALA Aero develops counter-UAV system

25 August 2017
The REX 1 is a fully integrated unit, with its own power supply and interchangeable jamming modules. Source: N. Novichkov

Kalashnikov Group subsidiary ZALA Aero Group unveiled a manportable counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system at the Army 2017 exhibition, held near Moscow from 22-27 August.

The company’s REX 1 system is configured as a rifle – it is on the MP-514K rifle – and is equipped with interchangeable jamming units, a sight, foregrip, bipod, and a mount for ancillaries such as a strobe light or a laser beam pointer. A demonstrator of the system was shown fitted with an XPS2-type holographic sight mounted on a Picatinny rail.

The system is designed to disrupt GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou sateliite navigation signals, radio-frequency communications (900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, and 5.2-5.8 GHz), and mobile networks (GSM, 3G, and LTE).

The battery is installed in the rifle's buttstock and according to ZALA Aero, REX 1 has a continuous working time of 3 hours, a jamming distance of 1,000 m (5,000 m against GPS navigation), an angular coverage of 15° (180° against GPS navigation), and weighs of 4.2 kg.

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