The recent incident of an en masse infection of sailors onboard a US Navy aircraft carrier has resulted in the Indian navy taking stricter measures to ensure no such episodes occur on board any of its fleet.
It has not just issued special guidelines pertaining to the immediate helicopter evacuation of any crew member suspected to be affected by the virus to the nearest hospital ashore, but has also deisgned a special airpod to ensure the safe transit of such cases from remote areas.
Developed by the Naval Aircraft Yard (Kochi) under Southern Naval Command (SNC) this indigenous air evacuation pod (AEP) is a fully sealed transfer capsule that will ensure there is no risk of infection to the pilots and evacuation team ferrying the Covid-19 suspects as well as do away with the need to sanitise the aircraft once the patient has been evacuated.
Weighing a total 32 kg, the pod has been made at a cost of Rs 50,000 while an imported version of the same would cost Rs 59 Lakh.
(With inputs from IANS)
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.