On April 29, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SESU) received a military transport aircraft An-26, equipped with new Austrian medical equipment, including intensive care units to perform life-saving functions, a QHA journalist reports.

In 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine enlarged the SESU’s budget by UAH 62 million, which allowed financing the aircraft modernization. The advanced AN-26 was presented to the representatives of the SESU on the territory of the state enterprise Plant 410 CA.

“The repair works included complete overhaul of all components and assemblies of the aircraft, installation of new navigational equipment, enabling it to fly over the territory of Ukraine, as well as equipment preventing a collision with other aircraft. It has also a modern Austrian medical equipment that meets all international standards and allows to maintain the health of the wounded and victims being evacuated by this plane,” Mykola Chechetkin, Head of the State Emergency Service, said during the presentation ceremony.

He also noted that the plane will soon be supplied to the squadron to perform the relevant tasks.

At the same time, Chechetkin noted that at least one helicopter and one plane are required to fully meet the needs of the SESU’s air ambulance. 

Sergei Podreza, CEO of Plant 410 CA, describing the efficiency of the aircraft, said that the consequences of the Chernobyl accident might be smaller, if such an advanced aircraft was available at that time.

“If we had had such equipment 30 years ago, the effects of the Chernobyl disaster, the largest man-made disaster in the world, would have been much smaller,” he said.

Ivan, the commander of a special aviation squadron, said that AN-26 aircraft was released in 1978, but it has been used by the SESU since 1999.

The AN-26 aircraft is capable of transporting the victims to a distance of 2000 km without landing. It is equipped with 6 sanitary stretchers for the wounded and 6 chairs for medical personnel. It has also the equipment for resuscitation actions: EVL devices, monitor, defibrillator, respirators and syringe pumps for infusion therapy.

In addition, the developers have installed two modules of intensive care for severely wounded.

The upgraded AN-26 can transport 9 lying and 14 seating wounded with medical staff.