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XMobots System NAURU 1000C

Octacopter VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Drone

Brazil | 2020

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

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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.

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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.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the XMobots System NAURU 1000C Octacopter VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Drone.
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.
78 mph
125 kph | 67 kts
Max Speed
69 mph
111 kph | 60 kts
Cruise Speed
10,007 ft
3,050 m | 2 miles
Service Ceiling
684 miles
1,100 km | 594 nm
Operational Range
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the XMobots System NAURU 1000C Octacopter VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Drone.
9.5 ft
2.90 m
O/A Length
25.3 ft
(7.70 m)
O/A Width
3.2 ft
(0.98 m)
O/A Height
287 lb
(130 kg)
Empty Weight
331 lb
(150 kg)
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the XMobots System NAURU 1000C Octacopter VTOL Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) / Drone .
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.
Notable series variants as part of the XMobots System NAURU 1000C family line.
System NAURU 1000C - Base Series Designation.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the XMobots System NAURU 1000C. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 1 Units

Contractor(s): XMobots - Brazil
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Image from official XMobots marketing materials.

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