Industry Partner or aircraft. Our modular track-mounting system continues to be employed in new applications, and we are currently developing track-mounting adapters for the latest OEM offerings of medical equipment, tablets, notebooks, communications, and other equipment used by DoD. By 2011, Ferno Aviation’s non-aviation military sales had grown to the point where it made sense to create Ferno Military Systems (FMS). With its dedicated focus on the U.S. military, FMS has allowed us to continue with development of some exciting products. We have obtained air worthiness approval on a modular, quick-change, two-patient litter kit for the MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter (TRIMER), and we are currently producing similar kits for operational evaluation and testing on Blackhawk variants and other aircraft types. Our latest efforts have been focused on developing an advanced life support litter with adequate strength for aircraft G-loads, a vibration-isolated patient surface, and mounting provisions for a wide range of medical equipment, including “onboard litter” oxygen units. In addition, we recently introduced a new NATO litter, the All Platform Evacuation (APE), which is equipped with a replaceable bed surface, field replaceable litter components, and a unique spreader bar that permits rapid deployment. The APE litter successfully passed operational testing and was recently selected as the litter integrated into the Special Operations Command TC3 CASEVAC program by Tribalco.
tactical evacuation, and medical transport. We take great pride in thinking outside of the box in an effort to offer high-performance products to meet the ever-changing landscape of tactical care. More importantly, we are honored to work with those who serve and protect our country. Our mission is simple: to provide combat medics with innovative offerings that improve healthcare delivery to the modern American warfighter. FMS products are distributed by Combat Medical Systems in the U.S. Market. More info: fernoaviation.com
Moving on Innovation We continue to explore new designs and applications from anything as simple as a spine board— such as our Mantis Backboard or Scoop Litter offering—all the way to more advanced applications for patient extrication,
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