15 May

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has announced that its Mobile Laboratory Product has been deployed as part of the National Guard’s efforts to combat Covid-19. The Mobile Laboratory Product has been developed in part by the Kratos Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat & Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Division for the Department of Defense’s Analytical Laboratory System, Modified Work Order (ALS MWO) programme.

The Australian Army has teamed up with Brisbane-based 3D One Australia to quickly produce 400 face shields for frontline healthcare workers. The design technology company used Army’s 3D printers from the 20th Regiment of the Royal Australian Artillery (20 RAA) to manufacture face shields for medical staff in Brisbane. Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said: “Defence is playing a vital role in supporting Australia’s response to Covid-19.”

The US President Donald Trump has said in a televised interview that the government would mobilise the army in an effort to distribute a vaccine for Covid-19 “very rapidly” at the end of the year. President Trump said it is a “massive job” to provide the vaccine for Covid-19 and that it would made available to senior citizens first following which to younger citizens.

A US Air Force Super Hercules C-130J, from the US 86th Airlift Wing out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, transported medical and relief supplies between the Italian cities of Milan and Rome to combat Covid-19 pandemic. Over 15,000kg of supplies, including KN-95 masks, surgical gowns and Covid-19 test kits were distributed between the two cities. This flight is the first under a planned series of mobility support operations to be sent from the US Air Force to Italy.