CASSIDIAN to support medical evacuation missions in Afghanistan

  • Mobile Sup­port Sys­tem enables sucess­ful oper­a­tion of Ger­man Army MedE­vac NH90s
  • Stan­dard­ized oper­a­tions sup­port of all Ger­man heli­copter types

Inte­gra­tion of the EUA oper­a­tions sup­port sys­tem into con­tain­ers ensures that it can be rapid­ly deployed dur­ing mis­sions abroad.
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27 Feb­ru­ary 2012 – Cas­sid­i­an will sup­port the For­ward Air Med­ical Evac­u­a­tion (FwdAirMedE­vac) mis­sion car­ried out with NH90 heli­copters of the Ger­man Army in the evac­u­a­tion of ill and injured per­sons. For this pur­pose, the Ger­man Fed­er­al Office of Defence Tech­nol­o­gy and Pro­cure­ment (BWB) ordered a total of eight units of Cassidian’s mobile EUA (= Ein­satz-Unter­stützungsan­lage) oper­a­tions sup­port sys­tem for mis­sion con­trol, prepa­ra­tion and plan­ning.

From the end of 2012, Ger­man Army Avi­a­tion will be in charge of pro­vid­ing for­ward air med­ical evac­u­a­tion in Afghanistan using their NH90 heli­copters. The FwdAirMedE­vac heli­copters will pro­vide a sol­id base for emer­gency med­ical care for Ger­man sol­diers in cri­sis areas.

The EUA oper­a­tions sup­port sys­tem com­bines oper­a­tional com­mand and con­trol with tech­ni­cal logis­tic sup­port. Its cur­rent adap­ta­tion com­ple­ments its exten­sion ordered in May last year for the sup­port heli­copter Tiger ASGARD (Afghanistan Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Ger­man Army Rapid Deploy­ment) which, from Octo­ber 2012, will also be used to sup­port the Ger­man mis­sion in Afghanistan. The EUA oper­a­tions sup­port sys­tem, devel­oped by Cas­sid­i­an, inte­grates the capa­bil­i­ties of the Ger­man heli­copters into the inte­grat­ed mil­i­tary com­mand, which is ensured via the Ger­man Army C3I Sys­tem (FüIn­foS­ys H), for both MedE­vac and armed sup­port mis­sions.

The new gen­er­a­tion of the EUA with an updat­ed soft­ware con­fig­u­ra­tion allows the sys­tem to be used for all heli­copter types of the Ger­man Army and Air Force: the sup­port heli­copter (UH) Tiger, the tac­ti­cal trans­port heli­copter (TTH), the light trans­port heli­copter (LTH) NH90 and the trans­port heli­copter CH-53GA. In future, the Ger­man Armed Forces will oper­ate their heli­copter fleet using a stan­dard­ised oper­a­tions sup­port sys­tem which not only enables oper­a­tional readi­ness to be increased, but also per­mits oper­at­ing costs to be reduced.

From the end of 2012, the EUA will also be used to sup­port the mis­sions of the HAD and HAP vari­ants of the Span­ish Tiger heli­copters.


Cas­sid­i­an, an EADS com­pa­ny, is a world­wide leader in glob­al secu­ri­ty solu­tions and sys­tems, pro­vid­ing Lead Sys­tems Inte­gra­tion and val­ue- added prod­ucts and ser­vices to civ­il and mil­i­tary cus­tomers around the globe: air sys­tems (air­craft and unmanned aer­i­al sys­tems), land, naval and joint sys­tems, intel­li­gence and sur­veil­lance, cyber secu­ri­ty, secure com­mu­ni­ca­tions, test sys­tems, mis­siles, ser­vices and sup­port solu­tions. In 2010, Cas­sid­i­an – with around 28,000 employ­ees – achieved rev­enues of € 5.9 bil­lion. EADS is a glob­al leader in aero­space, defence and relat­ed ser­vices. In 2010, the Group – com­pris­ing Air­bus, Astri­um, Cas­sid­i­an and Euro­copter – gen­er­at­ed rev­enues of € 45.8 bil­lion and employed a work­force of more than 121,000.

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Mar­tin Billeisen
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