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Tarot T-18 Full

Note: Mounted camera shown not included – this is an optional add on

TAROT T-18 Ready To Fly Drone

This Tarot T-18 Ready To Fly Drone is an excellent drone for those looking to capture aerial photography with a DSLR, or carry a large payload through the skies. The 8 Rotor octocopter design ensures stability and power, and makes sure that problems with a single rotor or even two, will not compromise the stability of the drone.

The drone itself is made from some of the top materials available on the market, 3K carbon fiber plates and tubes, aluminum CNC parts which are anodized, plus thick and lightweight carbon fiber plates at the base of each motor. The drone measures 1.2 meters or 3.9 feet from motor to motor.

The Tarot T-18 Drone features arms that fold in at the click of a button to ensure easy transportation and an electronic landing gear that retracts on takeoff. The Tarot T-18 Drone can carry around 17lbs (8kg) of payload with a range of 2 miles (3.2km), has a flight time of up to 20 minutes, comes fully equipped with all required accessories, and has been pretested so it’s ready to fly out of the box.

Looking for a smaller, less expensive option that carries slightly less weight? Check out our Tarot X6 Ready To Fly , and Tarot 650 Ready To Fly, or our X8 Fixed Wing Cargo Drone for a fixed wing cargo option.


  • Ready To Fly drone purchase includes all applicable components to fly out of the box
  • Professional platform for aerial photograph or variety of professional applications
  • Carry a payload up to 17lbs (8kg), capable of carrying a DSLR camera or high-tech imaging devices
  • Octo-copter design frame promotes stability and precision flight control
  • Electronically controlled folding landing gear to protect your landings
  • Capable of achieving range distance of 2 miles(3.2km)
  • Achieve flight time of up to 20 minutes on a single charge
  • Constructed of top materials 3K carbon fiber plates/tubes, anodized aluminum CNC parts
  • Pixhawk Flight Controller system with free Mission Planner Software
  • Pre-Program waypoints before take-off for precision
  • Flying Modes: Manual, Stabilize Mode, Return To Home
  • Failsafe functionality return to home automatically
  • LCD battery charger screen gives instant visual data
  • Upgrades for battery, range extender, gimbal, flight transmitter available

Purchase With Confidence

Try Before You Buy 

Come visit our Houston, USA, or Guadalajara, Mexico location to see our drones in person. Located 5 minutes from the  NASA Johnson Space Center, our Houston location has all of our drones available to try flying. The main Houston airport is one of few in the world with flights to all 6 inhabited continents, making it easy to get to from anywhere in the world. Our Mexico facility is located in the vibrant city of Guadalajara, a manufacturing hub for many companies from Intel to HP and others. Come and see for yourself if our products will meet your needs before making a purchase.

PO Terms 

We can accept Net 30 purchase orders from most customers, with a few exceptions. Our team will determine eligibility on a case by case basis. Only pay for the drone when you have received it and are satisfied.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

We know you will love our products, but in the case you are not happy with the drone for any reason within the first 30 days, return it to us for a full refund.

Join Our Customers In 100+ Countries

Powered By Pixhawk

With the Pixhawk flight controller system, the operator can program waypoints and flight plans into the drone before takeoff. The Pixhawk flight controller features manual flying modes, stabilize mode, and return to home mode in addition to the autonomous mode. The drone can either be piloted with the included controller when flying manually or via a laptop or tablet utilizing the free Mission Planner software when flying autonomously. The Pixhawk features a failsafe function and will return to home automatically if it loses signal or if the battery becomes weak.

Tarot T-18 Pixhawk
Tarot T-18 Receiver

Long Range System

The Tarot T-18 Drone uses the L9R Long Range Radio module, giving you the potential to fly up to 2 miles (3.2km).

For an additional charge, we can extend the range.

Dual-Battery System

With a dual battery system you can be sure that if there is ever an issue with one battery you will be able to keep flying!

Tarot T-18 Dual Batteries

20 Minute Flight Time

The dual battery setup and efficient brushless motors give the Tarot T-18 a 20 minute flight time.

Mission Planner Software

Plan your flights with Mission planner, sofware available on PC, Mac, or smartphones/tablets. Draw route plans for the drone and monitor crucial telemetry information in real time.

X8 Long Range Drone Mission Planner
X8 Long Range Surveillance Drone Transmitter


The Tarot T-18 Drone comes with a Taranis QX7 Transmitter by default. The Taranis QX7 is a widely used open source transmitter that features ball bearing gimbals, a backlit LED screen, audio and vibration alerts regarding values, alarms, and settings. The Taranis QX7 also features flight data logging, RSSI alerts, and 16 channels to operate with.

Powerful Brushless Motors

The Tarot T-18 Drone is powered by 8 brushless motors that feature engineered carbon fiber propellers. The high-quality brushless motors require low maintenance compared to other types of motors and offer superior power and efficiency for the size of the motor, allowing you to lift heavy payloads.

Tarot T-18 Motors

Quality Built

The Tarot T-18 Drone undergoes the following quality tests before being shipped,

  • Frequent Individual Quality Inspections Along The Production Process
  • 60 Minutes Of Flight Testing

As a result, all components used on the Tarot T-18 Drone have a 6-month warranty on them.

Manufacturing Process

All of our drones are built to order, with roughly a 3 week lead time. Our manufacturing team will reach out to you and can make modifications to the drone to suit your exact mission.

Day 1-5: Contact with customer regarding specific requirements, procurement of additional parts as needed. 15%
Day 5-10: Begin fabrication of frame, and complete frame testing. 30%
Day 10-15: Installation of electric components, electronics calibration & testing. 60%
Day 15-20: External lamination and any visual graphic work completed 80%
Day 20-23: Final testing of all systems & test flight. 90%
Day 24: Shipment to customer, customer acceptance. 100%

NEW: We have a number of Tarot T-18 Drones in stock and ready to ship in 1-2 days. If your order does not require extensive customization we can ship one of these units, and you will receive your order much quicker.

Drone Manufacturing
Drone Shipping Box


We can ship the Tarot T-18 drone worldwide. All of our Tarot T-18 Drones are shipped in a wooden crate. This ensures that the drone arrives intact without any damage. It is also reusable and can be used to store the drone in the future.

Alternatively, you can purchase one of our custom built heavy duty travel cases. These cases are ideal for protecting and transporting your drone if you plan to do lots of traveling. They come with dual handles, a custom cut foam interior with space for the drone, controller, batteries, charger, and any accessories you order from us. As with all of our drones these cases are built to order and can be customized extensively to meet your needs.

Drone Travel Case


  • 2 Mile (3.2Km) Range
  • Up To 20 Minutes Flight Time
  • Strong Lightweight Carbon Fiber Body
  • Pixhawk Flight Controller Allows For Autonomous Programmed Flights
  • Can Be Fitted With FPV, Or Additional Equipment And Options Depending On Customer Requirements
  • 1.2 Meter Diameter (3.9 feet)

What’s Included?

  • 1x Tarot T-18 Ready To Fly Drone
  • 1x Pixhawk Flight Control System
  • 1x FrSky QX7 Transmitter
  • 1x Balance Charger With LCD Screen
  • 1x Instruction manuals and guide to getting started flying

Upgrades & Accessories

Since our Tarot T-18 drones are built to order, we offer an extensive range of upgrades and equipment that we can install on each drone. Please contact us for pricing and additional info on each of these upgrades, or if there is something not listed that you would like to include on your Tarot T-18 Ready To Fly Drone.

General Upgrades

  • Cargo Bay
  • Upgraded Transmitter
  • Cold Weather Package
  • Hot Climate Package
  • 4G LTE Control
  • External LED’s
  • Range Extension
  • Flight Time Extension
  • & Much More

Additional Equipment 

  • NVDI Camera
  • RGB Camera
  • Mapping Camera
  • 3D Modelling Camera
  • FLIR Thermal Camera
  • 4K High Zoom Camera
  • FPV Camera
  • GoPro Camera
  • VR Goggles
  • Ground Control Station
  • Internal Monitoring Camera
  • & Much More

Parts & Accessories

  • Extra Propellers
  • Extra Batteries
  • Travel Case
  • Tablet Ground Station
  • Car Charger Adaptor
  • Panasonic Toughbook Ground Station
  • & Much More

5+ Years In Business

Trusted by a customer base in 100+ countries, UAV Systems International works with academia, corporations, defense contractors, government agencies, and end consumers to build customized fixed wing and multirotor drone solutions that meet their needs. No mission is too big or small, let us build you a solution to meet your needs today!

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Drone Assembly

World Class Customer Support

We have three easy ways to assist you with technical and product support 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Our technical support is available at no cost 24/7, 365 days a year, as part of our commitment to ensuring you have a seamless experience with our products.




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