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IDEX 2019: ZALA Aero unveils Kub ‘kamikaze drone’

19 February 2019
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ZALA Aero, a subsidiary of Rostec's Kalashnikov Group, unveiled its new Kub-UAV loitering munition at the IDEX defence show being held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February.

The half-size model of the ZALA Aero Kub-UAV loitering munition displayed at the 2019 IDEX show . (Nikolai Novichkov)The half-size model of the ZALA Aero Kub-UAV loitering munition displayed at the 2019 IDEX show . (Nikolai Novichkov)

ZALA Aero displayed a 1:2 scale model of the weapon, the real version of which is 1,210 mm long with a 950 mm wingspan. Powered by an electric motor, it can carry a 3 kg payload, has a speed of 80-130 km/h, and an endurance of 30 minutes.

After being launched from a rail, the Kub-UAV can carry out an attack against pre-set co-ordinates or its operator can use the electro-optical system to guide it to a target, a source from ZALA Aero told Jane's.

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