The Philippine military has launched its first air ambulance, a reconfigured Bolkow-Blohm Bo-105 helicopter, as part of plans to expand its medical evacuation capability.
The helicopter will be operated by a mixed team of military doctors, nurses, pilots and other crew members, with the possibility of more helicopters entering service in the near future.
The aircraft was showcased at Fort Bonifacio in the city of Taguig on March 21, when the helicopter performed a mock round-trip operation between Army Support Command and Hunters-ROTC Parade Ground.
“Caring for our soldiers, from harsh and austere environments to higher levels of care, is now possible due to the continued advancements in military medicine and the dedication of the Philippine military to realizing aeromedical evacuation capability,” said the army’s chief nurse, Colonel Maria Victoria. Juan said.
Juan also added that air medical evacuation is the fastest way to get a combat casualty to a hospital – which is crucial, as typically 90% of combat deaths occur before the patient reaches the hospital. .
The Philippine Air Force also placed an order for 32 more Sikorsky S-70i Black Hawks in February 2022.