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World-renowned arms giant begins deliveries of advanced quadcopters to Russian troops

According to Alan Lushnikov, some quadcopters are being developed and will be mass produced next year

MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. The Kalashnikov Group, the maker of the world-renowned AK-47 assault rifle, has begun supplying advanced quadcopters to Russian troops, President of the Kalashnikov Group Alan Lushnikov said on Wednesday.

"We did not announce this but we are already delivering quadcopters to the army. We have a whole family of them. We are already serial-producing and delivering part of them. Some are being developed and will be mass produced next year. We offer a very diverse range: reconnaissance and other types. This is a very important area and we pay serious attention to it," he stressed.

As an example, the company president cited the ZALA 421-24 quadcopter produced by ZALA AERO (part of the Kalashnikov Group within the state tech corporation Rostec) demonstrated at the Army 2022 international arms show.

According to Rostec’s data, the ZALA 421-24 is capable of operating under enemy jamming and flying in complete radio silence mode.

The Kalashnikov Group is Russia’s largest manufacturer of combat automatic and sniper weapons. The company is the flagship of Russia’s small arms industry, accounting for 95% of the country’s output. The Kalashnikov Group supplies its products to more than 27 countries around the world.