Friday, October 15, 2010

First Y-8 MedEvac enters service.

As a lesson learned from the recent earthquakes and other natural disasters, the PLAAF is commissioning a new fleet of Y-8C based MedEvac. A step that has been long overdue.

Perhaps the PLAAF can import some the "approved" C-130s and to model them after the USAF's Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, such as the 379th EAES.

Here are some PR write up from the PLA Daily:

PLA aviation medical rescue system moves one important step forward

(Source: PLA Daily) 2010-10-14

  A joint exercise was staged heatedly in an area in northwest China recently. The reporters saw on the site that a batch of the serious “wounded” were transferred to a transport aircraft with the logo of the Red Cross on its tail. According to the head of the Health Department of the Logistics Department of the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), this is PLA’s first medical aircraft for transportation and evacuation. Its service will gain precious time for saving life of the wounded on battlefield.

  Following the medical workers to enter the cabin of the medical aircraft, the reporters found that the cabin was divided into ICU area and medical evacuation area, rows of specially-made multi-level sickbeds were installed, the medical workers fastened the “wounded” onto the sickbeds after medical check and classification and then they carried out such rescue actions as infusion, oxygen inhalation and vital sign monitoring. Several minutes later, the medical aircraft took off to evacuate the wounded.

  For its advantages in rapid reaction, rapid rescue and little restriction from operational area, the aviation medical rescue has become a main means for emergent medical rescue in various countries of the world. The developed countries and their militaries have already established their complete aviation medical rescue systems. The PLA modified a type of transport aircraft of its Air Force into the medical aircraft with 5 to 7 medical workers on board. It can satisfy the consecutive medical monitoring and emergent treatment for 2 seriously wounded patients and accommodate 39 wounded on stretchers and 15 wounded on seats for medical evacuation.

  The experts assessed that this medical aircraft could basically meet the demand of long-distance air transportation and medical rescue for batches of the wounded, symbolizing an important step forward of the PLA in building its aviation medical rescue system.

  By Liu Fazhong and Zhu Haoping

Editor:Zhang Qingxia

C-130 MedEvac

1 comment:

duskylim said...

The PLAAF should clearly mark these aircraft with RED Cross signs or any other marking signifying that they are for aid and succor.

That way the enemy will (hopefully) not attack them.