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Sunday 30 May 2021

Indian Navy is fitting 8 Dhruv helicopters with medical intensive care units

A Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) has been installed onboard a Dhruv advanced light helicopter (ALH) Mark III from the Indian Navy Air Squadron 323 at INS Hansa by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). 

With the Dhruv ALH Mk III, an all-weather aircraft, being equipped with an MICU, the Indian Navy can now undertake medical evacuation of critical patients by air even in unfavourable weather conditions. 

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 a standard Dhruv Mark III helicopter into an air ambulance. 

This is the first of eight MICU sets to be delivered by HAL to Indian Navy.


  1. being interested in writing on defense tech and indigenous manufacturing mil hardware , would like to ask about acquiring artillery pieces as per make in India initiative , is there any speculation of inducting Kaylan Group made howitzer and heavy armored personnel carriers into Indian Army to make a prospecting deployment in eastern Ladakh apart from relying of K-9 T Vajra being deployed on Leh Valley to counter chinese aggression as we have long been suffering from the deficiency of artillery stock piles in our Arsenal as compared to china since our first purchase of Bofors in 1986 and subsequent dormency of acquiring further hardware except starting manufacture and update of remaining bofors though in lesser number due to tech transfer policy at that time. as far as making India a self sufficient in military hardwares manufature with indigenous technology is concerned ,what should have most significant even rather than owing maximum quantity arms and ammunition , is that more private firms have to be involved in taking the race of manufacturing capability and to be dealt with Indian Govt in fare strategy of supplying ideal and tech oriented defense hardware tis enable our beloved India to be a bigger offensive to the growing chinese plagiarism in defense sector among others. Today India should be taken towards the most cherishing goal of attaining the belligerent status first in terms of focusing on numbers alongside the quality to master up in every possible aspect of satiating our long awaited appetite.

  2. I am unable to read articles online very often, but I’m glad I did today. This is very well written and your points are well-expressed. Please, don’t ever stop writing. Aesthetic machine


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