Armed Forces member helps loading oxygen equipmen ton A400M RAF aircraft for coronavirus support falklands 220420 CREDIT MOD
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Coronavirus: Repurposed Military Kit Part Of British Overseas Territories Support Package

The Falkland Islands will receive repurposed fighter jet oxygen machines as part of the support package.

Armed Forces member helps loading oxygen equipmen ton A400M RAF aircraft for coronavirus support falklands 220420 CREDIT MOD

Repurposed military oxygen machines are to form part of a support package to help British Overseas Territories combat coronavirus.

The Government package, which includes funding for testing machines, will be made available across a total of 14 overseas territories.

As part of the delivery, the Falkland Islands will receive former fighter jet oxygen machines that have been repurposed into hospital-grade units. 

Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin said the: "Repurposing parts originally destined for fighter jets demonstrates the versatility of what our military can offer our partners in the overseas territories – air separation units having been turned into life-saving oxygen machines.”

The package will also the creation of a 24/7 medical hotline.

The helpline will connect medics from the overseas territories with global health experts to ensure that they can access world-leading medical advice.

New testing machines will now enable six territories to test for coronavirus for the first time.

While new technology will be rolled out to a further three territories to bolster their existing testing capability.

Previously, coronavirus tests had to be shipped overseas from territories, sometimes thousands of miles back to the UK.

It is hoped the new equipment will enable health services to receive same-day results.

Cover image: Equipment being delivered to the Falkland Islands in April (Picture: MOD).