Russian State Corporation Rostec has handed over the first batch of aviation equipment – four Ansat helicopters and four Mi-8 helicopters in medical configuration – to the country’s National Air Ambulance Service (NAAS).
By 2021 Rostec will supply the NAAS with 104 Ansats and 46 Mi-8 with medical modules.
The delivery of the aircraft, in a special colour and modified appearance, took place at the flight test complex of the M.L. Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant in the village of Tomilino, Moscow region. The event was attended by Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov, and Rostec head Sergey Chemezov. As part of the event they held a meeting on the development of air ambulance, which was attended by the heads of the regions of the Russian Federation.
The supplied helicopters are flying ambulances, fully equipped with modern equipment for diagnostics and medical care during flight, including a special module with life support systems for transporting newborns. The helicopters will serve in St Petersburg, as well as in the regions of Amur, Leningrad, Moscow, Tver, Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Magadan, Sverdlovsk and Khabarovsk Territory.
Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said: “The development of the air ambulance, as well as the entire ambulance system, is a high priority for the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. Effective medicine in the 21st century is unthinkable without air ambulances. Medical helicopters and airplanes not only provide emergency assistance in remote and hard-to-reach areas but are also an important part of the ambulance system in large cities, with their heavy traffic and traffic jams. The air ambulance already operates in 45 regions of the Russian Federation, the immediate goal is to make the air ambulance available to every citizen of the country.”
The NAAS plans to carry out over 15,500 evacuations per year with a subsequent increase in the number of services. By the end of 2021, the NAAS fleet of aircraft will be able to fly throughout the country for medical assignments.