Russian Zala Aero Kub-E loitering munition to be exported

The Kub-E weapon system with guided munition has received export permits, which allows it to be promoted abroad: "The Group of companies in collaboration with Rosoboronexport JSC is ready to promote the “KUB” UAV on the international market, including during intergovernmental commissions and international exhibitions. It should be noted that this drone has already been successfully utilized in combat so its effectiveness has been confirmed in real conditions", said the press service of Kalashnikov Group of Companies.
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Kub-B loitering munition (Picture source: Zala Aero)

Kub-E loitering munition was developed by Zala Aero (part of the Kalashnikov group of companies) and it successfully passed state tests in November 2021. In 2022, its serial supply to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation is planned.

On December 21, 2021, Army Recognition already reported that serial supplies of the new KUB-BLA loitering drone developed by the ZALA Aero Company (part of the Kalashnikov Group) could begin in 2022. The company’s press office said: “The new strike drone has been recommended for acceptance into service. The serial supplies are expected to begin in 2022”.

According to the developer, the UAV has high accuracy, can be covertly launched, it is virtually silent and easy to operate. “This system represents a step to completely new conduct of operations”, said Rostec’s CEO Sergey Chemezov at IDEX 2019, when the KUB-BLA was unveiled. “The high-precision drone comes within 30 minutes at a speed of 130 km/h. The shell is delivered to the target by the complex regardless of terrain or whether the target is concealed or not, both at low and high attitudes It is an extremely accurate and efficient weapon being very hard to combat by traditional air defense systems.”

According to the press office, the KUB-BLA is multipurpose and can be used as part of a swarm of drones. It can reach 80 to 130 km/h. Its flight duration is 30 minutes and its maximum payload is 3 kg. After the launch, the drone can loiter in the air to detect a target and then attack it from the upper hemisphere, being able to perform a diving pass along the vertical trajectory. This allows it to attack tanks in the field from the upper hemisphere, piercing the turret that has minimal armor protection in the upper part.

The unmanned attack system is ready for delivery.