Kazan Helicopters (part of Russian Helicopters/Rostec)
received a permission from the Russian Federal Air Transport
Agency (Rosaviatsiya) to equip Ansat helicopters with a
special module for transporting neonatal patients. This
equipment can be used to provide evacuation and airborne
medical care to infants.
Ansat equipped with the neonatal transport module passed
whole range of necessary certification tests. During the
ground testing stage, the certification team demonstrated
the capabilities of the model to conduct emergency
evacuation of the crew, medical workers and a neonatal
patient. Flight tests evaluated the performance of the
module and verified its electromagnetic compatibility with
the standard equipment of the helicopter.
The new module was developed together with the Ural Optical
and Mechanical Plant (part of Shvabe holding company)
specifically for neonatal air transport. The manufacturer of
the Ansat medical module, Kazan Aggregate Plant, developed a
special platform for the incubator to replace the more
traditional stretcher design. No redesign of the helicopter
interior was required.
"The capability to install a neonatal medical module for
Ansat had been in demand for a long time. Thanks to
cooperation of Rostec holding companies and other partners,
the helicopter now comes with upgraded equipment, allowing
medical teams to continuously monitor the condition of a
child, maintain the vital body functions and conduct
intensive therapy during the flight," said Managing Director
of Kazan Helicopters Yuri Pustovgarov.
The incubator comes with a set of medical equipment,
including an artificial lung ventilator, a monitoring unit,
an aspirator, and an infusion pump. The neonatal module can
be installed optionally on all Ansats equipped with base
Ansat helicopters are used for rescue operations in various
regions of Russia, the geography of their application is
constantly expanding. The development program of the Russian
air ambulance fleet has been in implementation since 2017
and is now part of the National Healthcare project.
Ansat is a light multipurpose twin-engine helicopter, serial
production of which is deployed at Kazan Helicopters.
According to the helicopter certificate, its design allows
converting it into a cargo version or into a passenger
rotorcraft that can lift up to seven people. In May 2015, a
supplement to the type certificate for the modification of
the helicopter with a medical module was obtained. Ansat is
certified for use in the temperatures ranging between -45°С
and +50°С, and in high mountains.