The Antigua and Barbuda Defence Drive (ABDF) is about to boost its operations with a brand new addition to its air wing: the ‘Alpha 2’.
Marking a big milestone, the ‘Alpha 2’ joins the ranks because the second nine-seater plane within the ABDF’s fleet. This addition not solely bolsters the air wing’s capability but in addition guarantees so as to add agility in responding to various conditions.
Numerous duties await
Lieutenant Colonel Alando Michael shared insights on the pivotal roles the brand new plane will play.
He famous that with ‘Alpha 1’ already in motion, ‘Alpha 2’ will allow them to conduct duties spanning medevac companies, troop motion, humanitarian catastrophe restoration, and search and rescue efforts.
“Let’s say as an illustration, we needed to go to St Lucia, and on the similar time we had a name from Barbuda for a medevac. It now permits us the flexibility to be in two locations without delay,” he stated whereas talking with the Antigua Observer.
Past emergency and protection companies, the plane additionally serves a dignitary position. When business flights are unavailable, it shoulders the duty of transporting heads of presidency.
Regional attain of the air wing
Whereas ABDF primarily serves Antigua and Barbuda, its ambit extends additional. The companies of the air wing are generously supplied to the 11 different nations which can be a part of the Regional Safety System (RSS).
For these unfamiliar, an air wing is basically a army plane unit comprising probably dozens of plane.
Medevac and RSS
A medevac is a specialised service devoted to the swift transportation of people who’re both sick or injured to medical amenities, usually utilizing helicopters or planes.
Established within the early Nineteen Eighties, the RSS was initiated with the imaginative and prescient of selling stability, well-being, and regional safety amongst its member nations.
The RSS is a consortium of 12 international locations, together with Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Martinique, Guadeloupe, and Barbados.
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