Airbus Partners with International SOS to Study the Use of Drones for Medical Delivery

(Left to right) Dirk Hoke, CEO of Airbus Defence and Space, and Arnaud Vaissié, CEO of International SOS.

Airbus and International SOS, a medical and security risk services company, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to study the use of drones to deliver medical cargo and supplies.

The companies will collaborate on safe and secure enterprise drone delivery for hub to hub distribution of medical cargo, according to a news release. Airbus will help define and install reliable aircraft for unmanned aerial medical cargo deliveries as part of SOS MedSupply services. The studies will focus on both urban to rural and ship to show deliveries.

“We hope to develop a viable business partnership where we can assist International SOS with unmanned medical cargo delivery,” said Dirk Hoke, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Defence and Space, according to the release. “This means using our cutting edge technology to potentially save lives, and transform the medical and travel security industry.”

Pilot cases are being explored in Singapore and Indonesia. The companies will work with local civil aviation and maritime authorities. If the cases are successful, International SOS could extend operations globally.

Other potential areas of study include support for mobile hospitals, space and satellite services.

“Bringing together the Airbus expertise in securing aerial deliveries, and our global infrastructure assisting clients worldwide, is a clear move toward a greater efficiency,” said Arnaud Vaissié, CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder of International SOS, according to the release. “We are always striving to provide our clients with excellent customer service and this innovative venture will enable us to look into furthering our capabilities and enhancing our service.”