Bengaluru: Aiming to further enhance the medical capabilities, the Indian Navy has installed a medical intensive care unit (MICU) on-board an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) at Goa’s naval air station INS Hansa. 

Bengaluru-based state-owned plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) delivered the first MICU to the Indian Navy. 

The company will deliver 7 more MICU to the Indian Navy.

Now, the critical patients can be evacuated by air even in unfavourable weather, an Indian Navy spokesperson said. 

The MICU has two sets of defibrillators, multipara monitors, ventilator, 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 aircraft power supply and also has a battery back up of four hours,” the spokesperson said.

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