Research International, Inc

Research International, Inc. is partnering with the Russian company ENICS to offer the world community unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with integrated CBRN capability. These systems offer the user new levels of capability and flexibility. Most CBRN detection devices are point sensors — that is, they provide target detection and identification at one location. This can be mitigated to an extent by mounting the sensor to a person or vehicle, but in either case travel is limited to the area accessible by foot, vehicle, or boat. Typically the only solution for wide area monitoring is to deploy a sensor array, locating them at what are hoped to be optimal points as determined by average seasonal or yearly weather conditions and local topography.

In contrast, sensors on a UAV platform can perform monitoring and surveillance tasks virtually independent of ground conditions; search patterns can be varied in response to immediate weather conditions; and sensors can be deployed to other venues with little advance notice. One sensor-equipped UAV can perform the same level of surveillance as 12 to 24 fixed location sensors and with greatly increased flexibility. Possible application areas include:

  • Agriculture
  • Public health
  • Oil industry
  • Environmental protection
  • Homeland security
  • First responders
  • Police
  • Military
  • Public event security

Users typically require a customized solution that reflects their needs and local government regulations that impact on the use of UAVs. To determine basic feasibility, potential users are urged to first examine the information provided here on detectors and UAV platforms in terms of volume and weight compatibility, flight duration, and surveillance distance.

Table 1 is a listing of detector payload volumes and weights. Table 2 lists available airframes and their capabilities (clicking on link opens page showing what the UAV looks like). If you find a promising match in terms of detection and airframe capabilities, please contact us by email at to develop your concept further.

Sampling and Detection Options (Table 1)

Toxic Gas Detector
Main system11.8 cm x 5.7 cm x 22.7 cm1.53 liters0.71 kg
Air pump7.2 cm x 5.6 cm x 5.6 cm226 cc0.28 kg
Biological Aerosol Detector
Printed circuit board1.5 cm x 14.6 cm x 7.6 cm166 cc0.10 kg
Air pump5.5 cm diameter x 4 cm95 cc0.18 kg
Optical system8.2 cm x 11.4 cm x 9.4 cm880 cc0.55 kg
Radiation Detector (Geiger tube)
Main system8.7 cm x 3.9 cm x 14 cm300 cc0.26 kg
Dry Air Sampler with Collection Filters
Mechanical5.4 cm x 11.5 cm x 13 cm808 cc0.34 kg
Printed circuit board11 cm x 9 cm x 2.3 cm228 cc0.085 kg
Wet Air Sampler
Mechanical10.7 cm x 9.8 cm x 9.8 cm1030 cc0.37 kg
Printed circuit board11 cm x 9 cm x 2.3 cm228 cc0.085 kg

Subsystem Features







1 hour

60-120 km/h

300 cc

0.6 kg


2 hours

70-130 km/h

300 cc

1.2 kg


Up to 6 hours

140-180 km/h

2,500 cc

3 kg


2 hours

75-135 km/h

3,500 cc

4.5 kg


2.5 hours

75-135 km/h

2,500 cc

4.5 kg


30 minutes

200-300 km/h

4,500 cc

15 kg

“Berta” Ground Launch System

Up to 8 hours

200-300 km/h

30 liters

25 kg

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