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Military pilots and MEDEVAC teams have long been coping with the challenge of getting a rescue litter and personnel to a patient easily and quickly. The US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) has conducted a flight test of Vita Inclinata’s load stability system litter attachment (LSS-LA). The lab flight tests medical systems used in the US military medical evacuation environment to ensure safe interactions among the aircraft, medical system, aircrew, and patients. According to a lab official, “the army needs systems that meet military and industry rotary-wing aircraft standards to ensure safe and effective operations.”
The tests were part of Project Convergence 21, the US military’s strategy aimed at modernising and transforming its operations, including future hoist requirements.
The litter attachment was developed by Vita Inclinata.
The Lab’s Enroute Care Group director David Jones said: “The field tests marked the end of the Electromagnetic Interference and Aircraft Compatibility Testing, which was performed in an anechoic chamber for several months. During testing, the litter attachment did not interfere with aircraft electronics systems, according to army-technology.com.
The LSS-LA reduces risk, as pilots and flight crews get a tool to quickly and precisely place a rescue litter exactly where it needs to be even in challenging terrain or weather.
The system can be operated from the ground or aboard the aircraft.