The newest Russian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the aircraft type and non-aerodrome-based ZALA 421-16E5G, developed by ZALA Aero (part of the group of companies belonging to the ‘Rostec’ state corporation), received a software and hardware complex based on neural networks and artificial intelligence, TASS reports.
“We have made a system for complete decoding of the underlying surface using a neural network located right on board this UAV. At the end of the flight, we have complete information about the number of objects of interest in the area, it can even determine the change in the relief,” the Head of Special Projects at ZALA Aero, Nikita Khamitov, said.
It is noted that the ZALA 421-16E5G is the world’s first aircraft-type UAV and non-aerodrome-based aircraft equipped with a hybrid power plant as part of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. According to Khamitov, the new UAV is equipped with elements of artificial intelligence. It is specified that the AI used by the UAV provides decryption, object recognition, and video navigation, which is currently not implemented anywhere in Russia.