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EDA awards medevac contracts

8th February 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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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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