Airbus and International SOS, one of the world’s
leading medical and security risk services companies, have signed
a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly study the viability of
using aircraft or unmanned systems to deliver medical cargo and
Under the agreement, Airbus will help to define
and install reliable aircraft or unmanned aerial medical cargo
deliveries as part of International SOS MedSupply services.
MedSupply deploys medical supplies, specialist medical care and
equipment to meet the requirements of preventive health programme
or in support of a medical emergency in urban as well as
unfamiliar and remote locations. The studies will look into both
urban to rural and ship to shore deliveries.
Arnaud Vaissié, CEO,
Chairman and Co-Founder of International SOS, said,“Bringing
together the Airbus expertise in securing aerial deliveries, and
our global infrastructure assisting clients worldwide, is a clear
move towards a greater efficiency. We are always striving to
provide our clients with excellent customer service and this
innovative venture will enable us to look into furthering our capabilities and enhancing our service.”
cargo delivery pilot cases are being explored in Singapore and
Indonesia, and Airbus and International SOS will work with the
local civil aviation and maritime authorities in both countries to
develop these capabilities. If successful, this could be extended
to International SOS operations globally.
areas of cooperation under the MOU include support for mobile
hospitals, space and satellite services.
“We hope to develop a viable business
partnership where we can assist International SOS with unmanned
medical cargo delivery. This means using our cutting edge
technology to potentially save lives, and transform the medical
and travel security industry,” said Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive
Officer, Airbus Defence and Space.
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