Twenty-one customized ‘Rakshita’ bike ambulances developed by the DRDO were inducted into the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for casualty evacuation tasks in remote Naxal violence and insurgency-affected areas.
These ambulances have been created on 350cc Royal Enfield Classic bikes by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a scientific research body under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Initial fund of more than Rs 35.49 lakh has been sanctioned for this project. The ambulance also has an air splint medical and oxygen kit, can provide saline and oxygen on the move, adjustable footrest, and hand and foot strap for safety among others.
The bike’s pillion has been customised as a casualty evacuation seat with recline and has a hand immobiliser and harness jacket.