Military Capabilities

Covid-19: French armed forces to support civilian medical services

19 March 2020

The Morphée kit on the Airbus A330 MRTT is designed for the intensive care of up to 12 patients. Source: French Air Force

French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced on 18 March that the army, armed forces medical services, and air force would help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Army’s medical regiment is preparing a military mobile intensive care unit that will be deployed in the following days in Mulhouse next to the town’s hospital. Eastern France is one of the areas of the country that has been most impacted by the virus. This unit, which is made up of tents and can host 30 beds with intensive care equipment, will be manned by personnel from the armed forces medical services.

An air force Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) took off from Istres on 18 March to evacuate six patients from Mulhouse to military hospitals in Marseille and Toulon. The aircraft is equipped with the Module de réanimation pour patients à haute élongation d’évacuation” (Morphée) kit, an intensive care module for up to 12 patients.

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