The drone is purposely built for first responders

It offers extended flight time and greater capabilities than typical commercial drones...
Sonin Hybrid - Recruit

Drones have already been used by the police, border guards and firefighters to allow for a quick response to threats and avoid the biggest problems with getting to the site. However, the problem with most drones is their rather limited range that prevents first responders from executing longer missions and carrying additional equipment that can extend their capabilities.

Atlanta-based Sonin Hybrid has built a drone exclusively for first responders. Called Recruit, this quadcopter is designed to keep first responders safe in a world of emerging challenges. In that sense, it offers extended flight time and greater capabilities than typical commercial drones.

Using the company’s patent-pending gasoline and battery-powered system, the Recruit can recharge batteries while in flight. The gasoline engine is hooked up to a generator, which in turn continuously charges the batteries for the four electric motors. This combo then enables the drone to stay in the air for over three hours.

Furthermore, the Recruit can reach speeds of over 140mph (225 km/h), which is three times faster than most of the fastest commercial drones available today, according to the company.

And that’s not all, coupled with a lightweight airframe and carbon fiber body – it also offers enhanced payload capabilities.

Other features include a 30X optical/12X digital zoom 4K video camera with fixed and mobile target tracking, Forward-Looking InfraRed (FLiR) camera with night vision, PA speakers, spotlight, and additional sensors for first responder missions.

The Recruit can be controlled remotely in real-time or can autonomously follow a preprogrammed flight path.


Many first responders are already using drones but those are usually off-the-shelf quadcopters that don't necessarily have all capabilities the police and fire departments require. And so, Atlanta-based Sonin Hybrid built a drone exclusively for the needs of first responders, offering extended flight time (more than 3 hours) and greater capabilities than typical commercial drones. Called Recruit, it is also fast with the ability to reach speeds of over 140mph (225 km/h) and has enhanced payload capabilities. All these features combined enable Sonin Hybrid's drone to keep first responders safe in a world of emerging challenges.
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