Airline Lufthansa is set to convert their Airbus A400M and A321neoLR units into specialized medical transports in support of the German Armed Forces (GAF).
The order for the PTE units (Patiententransporteinheit) was made in 2020 and asks for 26 PTE New Generation units to be produced over the next two years. The aircraft must comply with both civil and military aviation standards in order to be accepted by the GAF.
The GAF currently has 37 “first-gen” PTE aircraft in circulation as part of their Patient Transport Unit international service, and has operated them on a daily basis since 2018. The “first-gen” models were also based off of the A400M Airbus, making the creation of the New Generation models a repeat process for Lufthansa.
Specialized Swiss medical device manufacturer Aerolite has also been contracted by the GAF to provide the PTE’s with assist with development and implementation of equipment on the aircraft. The designs are currently attempting to employ a new installation technique that will use both direct and alternated current that will supposedly take “minutes” to install.
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