Indian Navy's ALH MK III fitted with Medical ICU
New Delhi, May 30, 2021
A Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) has been installed onboard an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mk III of the Indian Navy from INAS 323 at INS Hansa by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).
With this, the Indian Navy can now undertake medical evacuation of critical patients by air even in unfavourable weather conditions, a press release from the Ministry of Defence said. The ALH-Mk III is an all-weather aircraft.
The MICU has two sets of Defibrillators, Multipara Monitors, Ventilator, Oxygen Support as well as Infusion and Syringe Pumps. It also has a suction system to clear secretions in the mouth or airway of the patient. The system can be operated on aircraft power supply and also has a battery back up of four hours.
The equipment can be installed in two-three hours to convert the aircraft into an air ambulance, the release said.
This is the first of eight MICU sets to be delivered by HAL to Indian Navy, it added.