Indian Air Force Inducts Indigenous Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT) | UPSC


Indian Air Force Inducts Indigenous Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT)

      WHY IN NEWS:

The Indian Air Force has designed, developed and inducted an Airborne Rescue Pod for Isolated Transportation (ARPIT).

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of Defence


For PRELIMS look out for the features and its specs ! Keep an eye on safety measures included.

For MAINS do you think testing the ruggedness of such equipments to industry standards is too important ?



This pod will be utilised for evacuation of critical patients with infectious diseases including COVID-19 from high altitude area, isolated and remote places.

  This indigenously designed system has been developed at a cost of Rs Sixty Thousand only, which is very less as compared to the imported systems costing up to Rs Sixty Lakh.


  • AIR LIFT : Requirement of an air evacuation system with facility to prevent spread of infectious aerosol from a COVID-19 patient during air travel was felt by IAF when COVID-19 was declared as a pandemic.
  • SELF RELIANCE : Supporting the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” call by Hon’ble Prime Minister, only indigenous materials have been used to fabricate this pod.


  The ARPIT utilises High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) H-13 class filters and supports invasive ventilation using Transport Ventilator.

  • LIGHT WEIGHT : The system has been developed as a lightweight isolation system made from aviation certified material.
  • DURABILITY : It has a transparent and durable cast Perspex for enhanced patient visibility which is larger, higher and wider than the existing models.
  • INSTRUMENTS : The isolation system caters for suitable number of air exchanges, integration of medical monitoring instruments, and ventilation to an intubated patient.
  • SAFETY : In addition, it generates high constant negative pressure in the isolation chamber for prevention of infection risk to aircrew, ground crew and health care workers involved in air transportation.
  • DESIGN PARAMETERS : The design integrates life support and monitoring instruments (defibrillator with multipara monitor, pulse oximeter, Infusion pumps etc)
  • ENDURANCE :  Long arm gloves for use by health care professionals and power pack with high endurance.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

The IAF is inducting a total of 7 ARPITS as of now.



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