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XMobots System NAURU 1000C


Octacopter VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Drone [ 2020 ]



The XMobot System NAURU 1000C is a unique ISR-minded VTOL drone offering emerging from Brazil aerospace industry.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 05/24/2022 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site.

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The XMobots of Brazil bills its System NAURU 1000C as the first of its kind Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to be developed in Latin America. The drone is an "octacopter" type design featuring eight lift motors and a single pusher propeller while featuring such qualities as a fixed landing skid, underslung optics set, and full Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) flight capabilities. The design is useful in military, civilian, and industry environments, covering such sorties as Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), general security, engineering review, Search and Rescue (SAR), border enforcement / monitoring exercises and the like.

The general layout of the aircraft is somewhat unique: the lift propellers are held outboard on extended booms slung under the wing mainplanes. The mainplanes are shoulder-mounted and slightly swept-back in their general design with winglet wingtips for added control and stability. The optics are mounted in a rotating blister at the "chin" position, giving unobstructed views of the terrain below. The landing skid is a simple two-point pipe assembly and this component is fitted under the center-mass of the aircraft - providing an in-built "go-anywhere, land-anywhere" capability common to manned helicopters and other VTOL-minded UAVs.

The lift system consists of eight total twin-bladed propeller units, these paired at four points on the airframe. The propulsion system is of hybrid design, relying on a conventional combustion engine (Zanzoterra Technologies 305HS of 29 horsepower) coupled with 8 x T-Motor 11.5 horsepower electric motors (brushless) providing up to 10 hours of flight time while cruising at 60 knots up to a ceiling of 10,000 feet. While the electric drive powers the lift motors, the conventional motor drives a two-bladed propeller seated at the rear of the airframe in "pusher" configuration to achieve forward flight.

The 6 kilogram optics set is a 360-degree trainable (+10 to -90 degree tilting) mounting with a gyro-stabilized gimbal providing High-Definition (HD) day-night imagery. The set supports Electro-Optical (EO), thermal, Medium-Wave Infra-Red (MWIR), and laser range-finder to cover general reconnaissance / scouting, Electronic Warfare (EW), cargo hauling / delivery, target detection / designation, and other roles all from the same optics set. The system is designed to lock in on stationary targets and keep pace with moving ones.

Structural dimensions of the aircraft include a wingspan of 7.7 meters with an overall length of 2.9 meters, and a height of 0.98 meters. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) reaches 150 kilograms while the mission payload is limited to 18 kilograms of equipment.

The complete system includes the drone, ground data terminals, and data-link terminal. Control of the aircraft is by way of two-man team, dual system / status monitors, and flight simulator-style HOTAS (Hands-On Throttle and Stick) controller setup - all housed in a transportable shipping container operating station.©MilitaryFactory.com
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March 2022 - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between XMobots and missile-maker MBDA to bring the "Enforcer Air" precision-guided missile capability to the System NAURU 1000C drone.

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Specifications



Service Year
2020

Origin
Brazil national flag graphic
Brazil

Status
ACTIVE
In Active Service.
Crew
0
UNMANNED
Production
1
UNITS


National flag of Brazil Brazil (possible)
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Ground Attack (Bombing, Strafing)
Ability to conduct aerial bombing of ground targets by way of (but not limited to) guns, bombs, missiles, rockets, and the like.
Close-Air Support (CAS)
Developed to operate in close proximity to active ground elements by way of a broad array of air-to-ground ordnance and munitions options.
Special-Mission: Search & Rescue (SAR)
Ability to locate and extract personnel from areas of potential harm or peril (i.e. downed airmen in the sea).
Maritime / Navy
Land-based or shipborne capability for operating over-water in various maritime-related roles while supported by allied naval surface elements.
Transport
General transport functionality to move supplies/cargo or personnel (including wounded and VIP) over range.
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.
Special Forces
Serving Special Forces / Special Operations elements and missions.
Unmanned Capability
Aircraft inherently designed (or later developed) with an unmanned capability to cover a variety of over-battlefield roles.


VERTICAL TAKE-OFF / LANDING (VTOL)
Series has a tactical capability to take-off and / or land vertically, a quality commonly associated with helicopters.
RADAR-CAPABLE
Houses, or can house (through specialized variants), radar equipment for searching, tracking, and engagement of enemy elements.
MULTI-ENGINE
Incorporates two or more engines, enhancing survivability and / or performance.
MIXED-POWERPLANT
Utilizes two or more types of propulsion systems to achieve desired performance / flight actions.
PUSHER-PROP
Design incorporates rear-facing pusher-prop arrangement, a contrast to the more conventional puller-prop layout.
WING SWEEPBACK
Mainplanes, or leading edges, features swept-back lines for enhanced high-speed performance and handling.
WINGLETS
Mainplanes capped with winglets, providing improved fuel efficiency and enhanced handling.
CO-AXIAL MAIN ROTORS
Dual main rotors arranged in co-axial mounting, negating traditional torque-neutralizing tail rotor unit.
RUGGED AIRFRAME
Inherent ability of airframe to take considerable damage.
HIGH-ALTITUDE PERFORMANCE
Can reach and operate at higher altitudes than average aircraft of its time.
EXTENDED RANGE PERFORMANCE
Capability to travel considerable distances through onboard fuel stores.
MARITIME OPERATION
Ability to operate over ocean in addition to surviving the special rigors of the maritime environment.
ENHANCED ACCESS
Design incorporates feature(s) that facilitates loading / unloading of cargo / personnel from the aircraft.
UNMANNED OPERATION
Design features ability to fly sans pilot, actions controlled onboard through programming and / or ground-based operator.
AUTONOMOUS OPERATION
Design features autonomous flight operations made possible through onboard artificial intelligence or pre-programming.
CAMERA EQUIPMENT
Payload supports photographic equipment providing still and / or real-time image / video results.


Length
9.5 ft
(2.90 m)
Width/Span
25.3 ft
(7.70 m)
Height
3.2 ft
(0.98 m)
Empty Wgt
287 lb
(130 kg)
MTOW
331 lb
(150 kg)
Wgt Diff
+44 lb
(+20 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base XMobots System NAURU 1000C production variant)
monoplane / shoulder-mounted / swept-back
Monoplane
Design utilizes a single primary wing mainplane; this represent the most popular mainplane arrangement.
Shoulder-Mounted
Mainplanes are mounted at the upper section of the fuselage, generally at the imaginary line intersecting the pilot's shoulders.
Swept-Back
The planform features wing sweep back along the leading edges of the mainplane, promoting higher operating speeds.
(Structural descriptors pertain to the base XMobots System NAURU 1000C production variant)
Installed: 1 x Zanzoterra Technologies 305HS conventional combustion engine of 29 horsepower driving two-bladed propeller unit at rear of fuselage in "pusher" arrangement; 4 x T-Motor electric motors generating 11.5 horsepower driving 8 x Two-bladed lift-propellers at four points along the airframe.
Max Speed
78 mph
(125 kph | 67 kts)
Cruise Speed
69 mph
(111 kph | 60 kts)
Max. Speed Diff
+9 mph
(+14 kph | 8 kts)
Ceiling
10,007 ft
(3,050 m | 2 mi)
Range
684 mi
(1,100 km | 2,037 nm)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base XMobots System NAURU 1000C production variant. Performance specifications showcased above are subject to environmental factors as well as aircraft configuration. Estimates are made when Real Data not available. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
None in original form. Talks are in place to bring a Precision-Guided Missile attack capability to the series through the MBDA "Enforcer Air" PGM.


Supported Types




(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
System NAURU 1000C - Base Series Designation.


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