Lufthansa Technik delivered eight patient transport units for intensive care patients, and 16 oxygen supply systems for medium to lightly injured patients, to Airbus Defence and Space.
The Patient Transport Unit Next Generation (PTU NG) equipment is destined for the multinational A330 MRTT operated by the Multinational Multi Role Tanker Transport Unit (MMU) of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, which will also collaborate with the European Air Transport Command.
The equipment enables the transport of up to eight intensive-care patients and 16 lying patients with oxygen supply systems. It will allow MMU aircraft to be used for medevac missions.
The first MMU A330 MRTT installation is scheduled for December 2020. This will create one of the largest and most powerful medevac aircraft.
The German Air Force’s national A310 MRTT fleet has been equipped with the PTU’s predecessor for almost 20 years now, and is being gradually replaced.
The PTU NG complies with NATO standards and is also approved as a civilian medical device. The equipment features on four military and civil aircraft types.
Lufthansa Technik said that using seat track adapters, a PTU NG can be installed in almost any aircraft within minutes. This enables operators to use the same unit across a fleet of different aircraft types.
A unit consists of several modules that can be assembled very quickly without tools. Their size and weight mean they can be handled by two people easily.
The core of the PTU NG is a new oxygen system, which is suitable for the latest ventilators. These require up to three times the amount of oxygen as delivered by conventional devices.
Technically, the latest aviation safety requirements have been applied. Lufthansa Technik developed and manufactures the PTU NG in cooperation with specialists from Aerolite.