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A new UAV, which is adapted to work in Arctic latitudes, has been unveiled by arms manufacturer Kalashnikov. The new Zala Arctic drones can operate in both civilian and military tasks that include research operations in the Arctic zone, providing sea shipping safety and the round-the-clock perimeters protection, and organizing the full-fledged system of tracking the Arctic coast and territorial waters, according to the chief executive of Kalashnikov Group.

The ZALA 421-08M and ZALA 421-16E systems, to be operational at considerable freezing temperatures, will be able to carry out a wide range of surveillance operations and regularly to monitor the ice situation.

The drones are equipped with an automated, autonomous tracking AIS system (Automatic Identification System), which can detect and identify vessels at a distance of up to 100 km., exceeding by several times the operational range of ground-based equipment, according to the company website.

The drone system operators receive information about each detected vessel, such as name, size, speed and course, due to GIRSAM alternative navigation system that is developed specially for the navigation of UAV and ground-and water-based users in the absence of GPS or GLONASS signals or amid the suppression, as reported by

The company has launched the mass production of the ZALA unmanned aerial vehicle series in mid-2017.