EDA awards medevac contracts
The European Defence Agency (EDA) has awarded multiple framework contracts for the provision of fixed and rotary wing medical evacuation services.
The contracts have gone to three companies: Global Helicopter Service, Elitaliana and Starlite Aviation Operations, and will run until January 2023 for a maximum value of €120 million.
The companies will provide patient evacuation services from the point of injury to the initial medical treatment (forward air medevac) facility or to transfer them between in-theatre medical treatment facilities (tactical air medevac) during national and/or international defence and/or security operations in Europe and Africa.
The overall purpose of the air medevac project is to efficiently and cost effectively provide contributing members with an option to order ‘ready-to-use’ commercially available in-theatre aeromedical evacuation services through the EDA.
Four contributing member nations currently have the option to use the service - Austria, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The project is open to all EDA participating member states, European Union entities as well as third states having an administrative arrangement with the EDA.
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