The Medivac is outfitted with a state-of-the-art medical bay and triage station that uses auto-sutures and laser scalpels to seal wounds and repair tissue almost as fast as it’s mangled. Soldiers are administered pain suppressants, growth stimulators, and nanomachines to keep them in the field. The machines also bond with damaged tissue, exponentially boosting its natural regenerative properties.
Heavy Medivac losses led engineering crews to perform unsanctioned upgrades—adding injectors that pump oxygen-rich fuel into the exhaust stream—to increase engine output. The first attempts, while successful at getting Medivacs out of fire zones, resulted in heavy stress-induced damage to the turbines and, in rare cases, to the ship’s airframe. When questioned, neither engineering crews nor soldiers revealed who was responsible for the changes. Dominion officers determined that it was cheaper to upgrade the whole Medivac fleet than to discipline an entire troop company.
The Medivac is larger and heavier than its predecessor, the Quantradyne Apod-33 Dropship
, due to the medical bay and triage station in the rear of the ship, as well as the array of stabilizers and gyroscopes housed in the airframe that maintain the vessel’s level and orientation. This ship is also designed to ferry personnel and vehicles, including the massive Thor, to and from combat zones with minimal fuss, but its astronomical deployment costs—which amount to the weekly expenditures of a small colony town—are the reason the Dominion still trains and fields medics.
Seconds, sometimes even less, define life or death on the battlefield. Expedient deployment of vehicles and personnel—especially under fire—became a top priority in the dropship redesign. Due to budget constraints, Dominion engineers settled on a single gravity tube that reduced loading and unloading speeds to one tenth of a second, but could only deploy soldiers or machines individually.