DRDO Armoured Ambulance,Reconnaissance Vehicle,Indian Army
DRDO Armoured Ambulances is a tracked vehicle based on “Sarath” Indian license-produced variant of BMP-2. Designed by the Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), a branch of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), it is manufactured at the Ordnance Factory Medak.
It has in-built medical facilities including a continuous ECG monitoring, a ventilator, a suction unit to remove unwanted fluids, a DC refrigerator for preserving drugs and an air-conditioner with optional heating facility.
The first prototype was ready in December 2005, it had to undergo several changes before a trial in September 2006. On 21 August 2009 after three years and 56 modifications later, 10 vehicles were rolled out ready to be used by the Indian Army. The Indian Army has placed an indent for 275 armoured tracked ambulances.
Design and Features
It is a fully tracked , highly mobile combat vehicle designed to provide immediate medical attention to injured battle field casualties with armour and MBC protection. The purpose of the vehicle is for immediate evacuation of casualties from the battle field to the nearest hospital with adequate first aid medical facilities.
The vehicle has a seating capacity of 12 person including two crew,two medical attendants and eight sitting patients,But the number can be changed as the conditions vary as sometimes there are only four number of stretcher patients or two stretcher and four sitting patients.It also has provision for Blood & saline transfusion,Blood & Oxygen administration,Blood & Storage of Thomas splints & crammers (conventional and inflatable), Kidney tray,Urine bottle,Bed pan,Oxygen cylinders, Saline bottles, Medicines.
The Ambulance also retains the turret but without the gun or smoke grenade launchers. The ambulance can cross a variety of terrains and even traverse water With the same mobility as Sarath Infantry Combat Vehicle.
Its Feature include a special blower and absorbent filter for nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) protection, and external and internal radio communication for navigation.