Brazilian Army Receiving Nauru 1000C Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for ISTAR Missions
Brazilian Army Receiving Nauru 1000C Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for ISTAR Missions

Brazilian Army Receiving Nauru 1000C Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for ISTAR Missions

Janes reported that the Brazilian Army on 4 March began receiving the Nauru 1000C unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it ordered for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. The acceptance process unfolds in different phases at the Army Aviation Command (CAvEx) in Taubaté, State of São Paulo, with support from the Army Evaluations Center (CAEx), and is expected to last until about June. The acceptance process will be followed by a technical and operational experimentation phase. The fleet is scheduled to be initially operated by the 6th Military Intelligence Battalion (6º BIM) located in Campo Grande, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, and can be deployed anywhere in the country. The contract included training and a 36-month integrated logistics support.

Nauru 1000C is a VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) RPA, offering easy operations to its users. In these operations, the aircraft carries a 50-liters-fuel tank and an electric VTOL system that counts on the efficiency of 8 engines with their independent batteries; and Nauru´s extraordinary fuselage was manufactured in aluminum and composites. Presenting a maximum takeoff mass of 150kg and maximum range of 60km, Nauru 1000C executes several modes of aerial surveys, up to 10-hours, daylight or night operations. And the aircraft still presents a great versatility as it was developed for missions that demand operations in a diversity of scenarios, enduring fine rain or fog. By presenting an outstanding and long experience in the development of avionic systems, XMobots developed Nauru 1000C that counts on 2 automatic autopilots, assuring redundance in all systems of the aircraft and offering a high security level in its operations.

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Nauru 1000C is a high tech system that also counts on a stabilized turret with optronics that brings images in electro-optical (EO), medium wave infrared (MWIR), laser range finder (LRF) and laser pointer (LP) for surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence and target detection missions. XSIS (XMobots Stabilized Imaging System), developed by XMobots, consists of a high-performance 85µ rad stabilizing system, responsible for the stabilization of the following components: EO sensor (Electric-Optical camera); MWIR sensor (Medium Wave Infra Red camera);
Laser Range Finder (calculates the distance from the target); and InfraRed Laser Pointer. This system allows the capture of stabilized HD daylight and night images (using the thermal camera). XSIS sensor indicates the target coordinates, automatic tracking of moving targets, as well as target designation and detection using invisible laser.

Nauru 1000C System still counts on a ground control station for the Nauru 1000C unmanned aircraft and the XSIS gimbal. This station was projected as a container and developed by XMobots. It is possible to control the whole system from a 2,5ton mobile unit station (Shelter). The Container/ Shelter presents the possibility to store 3 RPAs, 2 GDTs (Ground Data Terminal – Telecommunications system with automatic pointing) and 3 GCS (Ground Control Station), and it still serves as a shelter for the operations team during a mission. With its GCS, the container presents a digital fingerprint access, emergency lights, air conditioning and ergonomic sits, reducing the stress during a mission. The multifunctional GCS were developed to substitute the traditional laptop during missions that demand ergonomy and surveillance equipment, reducing the pilots´ workload and assuring the mission´s sucess. These are the 3 functionalities that can be checked on the 21,5? touchscreens.

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