Canadian drone developer Draganfly Inc has received an order for up to 200 medical response/search and rescue drones from Revived Soldiers Ukraine (RSU), a non-profit organization focused on providing aid to Ukraine.
This includes an initial batch of 10 units. Draganfly has also confirmed that it will be donating a further three units for free, in addition to fulfilling RSU’s order.
The drones, ordered through Draganfly’s channel partner Coldchain Delivery Systems, will be equipped with a temperature-managed Medical Response Payload Box capable of transporting up to 16kg of medical supplies, including blood, pharmaceuticals, insulin and other medicines, vaccines, water and wound care kits.
The drones will be used to provide medical support across the Ukrainian warzone
The drones will be used to access combat hotspots and provide humanitarian aid within major Ukrainian cities such as Kyiv and Kharkiv which are currently under attack by the Russian military.
“There is an urgent need for medical supplies and equipment in several dangerous and hard-to-reach areas,” explained Iryna Vashchuk Discipio, President of RSU. “Draganfly’s Medical Response and Search and Rescue Drones will play a crucial role in ensuring that those affected have access to the aid they require.”
“We are extremely honored to work with RSU and Coldchain Delivery Systems to support those affected by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine,” said Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly.
Founded in 2015, RSU focuses on medical response and the rehabilitation of injured soldiers. Following the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, RSU purchased 10 ambulances and 11 cars to continue its operations across the country. The organization has also allocated around US$19 million towards providing supplies for Ukrainian civilians and hospitals.
Civilian medical logistics drones are becoming increasingly popular across the world, and are typically used to improve healthcare provision in remote rural areas. By contrast, their use in a warzone is relatively unusual.