German Army Receives First of 13 Medical Transport Containers

Airbus Defence and Space has delivered the first of 13 medical transport containers to German Armed Forces medical personnel.

The protected-wounded transport containers (GVTCs) enable sick, wounded, and injured warfighters to be moved between hospitals and field centers.

The GVTCs also permit specialists to provide patients with medical care during transportation.

Airbus Protected-Wounded Transport Containers

The German GVTCs are based on international ISO standard 20-foot (6-meter) logistics containers.

Each box has an integrated hook roll-off mechanism to easily mount to German military trucks. The GVTC can be transported without cranes or other special equipment through this approach.

While moving, two paramedics can treat up to eight soldiers inside the container. The specialists can perform vital monitoring, defibrillation, and ventilation through the unit’s oxygen-generation system.

The protected-wounded transport container is based on the international ISO standard 20-foot container.
Interior of the protected-wounded transport container. Photo: Airbus

The GVTCs are also equipped with power generators and air-conditioning systems for self-sufficiency during long operations and extreme climatic conditions.

Meanwhile, the container’s layering protects personnel from chemical warfare agents, open fires, and heavy explosions.

Enhancing German Defense’s Medical Operability

The first transport container serves as a “proof-of-concept” that will be employed to train German medics.

As the preparation commences, the remaining containers will be produced and delivered from 2024 to 2026 in partnership with military installation provider Drehtainer and special-purpose vehicle developer Binz Automotive.

“Our protected-wounded transport containers improve the Bundeswehr’s rescue chain and ability to recover, transport and treat the wounded in crisis areas,” Airbus Defence and Space Managing Director Harald Mannheim stated.

“In this respect, the GVTC is further proof of how we and our state-of-the-art technologies help all those who help others.”

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