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FARNBOROUGH: July 18, 2018. Airbus and International SOS, a medical and security risk services company, have signed an MoU to study the viability of using drones to deliver medical supplies.

Airbus UASThe two organisations intend to collaborate on drone delivery for hub-to-hub or ship to shore distribution of medical cargo for emergency evacuation or medical resupplying.

Under the agreement, Airbus will help to define the viability of using unmanned aircraft for 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 programmes or in support of a medical emergency in urban or remote locations.

“We hope to develop a viable business partnership where we can assist International SOS with unmanned medical cargo delivery,” said Dirk Hoke, Airbus Defence and Space CEO. “This means using our cutting edge technology to potentially save lives, and transform the medical and travel security industry,” he added. A pilot programme is being explored in Singapore and Indonesia with local civil aviation and maritime authorities.

International SOS chairman and CEO Arnaud Vaissié 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.”

Pictured left to right: Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, and Arnaud Vaissié, CEO of International SOS.

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