The Indian Navy has converted its Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), at Goa’s naval air station INS Hansa, into an air ambulance by incorporating medical intensive care unit (MICU). This step has been taken to increase the Navy’s capacity to evacuate critical patients even in unfavorable weather conditions.
The MICU has been installed on-board ALH Mk-III from INAS 323 at INS Hansa by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a naval spokesperson said in a media statement.
“With ALH Mk-III, an all-weather aircraft, being equipped with MICU, the Indian Navy can now undertake the medical evacuation of critical patients by air even in unfavorable weather conditions,” he said.
The MICU has two sets of defibrillators, multipara monitors, ventilators, oxygen support as well as infusion and syringe pumps, he added. “It also has a suction system to clear secretions in the mouth or airway of the patient. The system can be operated on the aircraft power supply and also has a battery backup of four hours,” the spokesman said.
According to him, the equipment can be installed in two-three hours to convert the aircraft into an air ambulance. This one is the first of eight MICU sets to be delivered by HAL to the Navy.