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MICU onboard ALH MK III to enable Indian Navy to evacuate patients in inclement weather 

An indigenous ALH Mk III aircraft fitted with critical-care medical equipment to enable the Indian Navy to undertake medical evacuations even in unfavourable weather conditions. Photo: PIB

New Delhi, May 30 (MNN) An indigenous ALH Mk III aircraft has been fitted with critical-care medical equipment to enable the Indian Navy to undertake medical evacuations even in unfavourable weather conditions.

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) fitted on the all-weather aircraft of the Indian Naval Air Squadron 323 based by HAL includes two sets of defibrillators, multipara monitors, ventilator, oxygen support and infusion and syringe pumps.

It also has a suction system to clear secretions in the mouth or air passage of the patient.

The system can be operated on aircraft power supply but also has battery back-up of four hours.

The equipment can be installed in two-three hours to convert the aircraft into an air ambulance.

This is the first of the eight MICU sets to be delivered by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to the Indian Navy.

The squadron is based at India’s biggest naval airbase INS Hansa near Dabolim in Goa.

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