SURVIVAL VEST (SV-2 SERIES)
The survival vest (fig. 11-24) is designed to provide
chest-mounted oxygen regulator. It does not interfere
with use of either the quick-fitting or integrated-type
The survival vest is made of nylon cloth. An
adjustable harness, shoulder and leg straps, and an
entrance zipper secure the vest to the crewman. A
helicopter rescue strap is attached to all survival vests
that are worn without an integrated torso suit. When
required, a chest-mounted oxygen regulator is located
inside a pocket secured to the vest by hook-and-pile
tape (Velcro). The survival vest and the survival items
are shown in figure 11-24 and figure 11-25. Survival
items not previously discussed are discussed in the
The service pistol is worn only when mission
requirements warrant its use.
The 5-inch sheath knife is carried as a general-
purpose survival tool. It should be kept clean and sharp.
Individual Survival Kit
The individual survival kit (fig. 11-25) is a two-part
kit. It is used to provide medical (Packet 1) and general
aircrewman for about 24 hours.
NOTE: This kit may be omitted from the survival
vest when the kit is included in the aircraft survival kit.
Mk 79 Mod 0 Illumination Signal Kit
The signal kit (fig. 11-26) is used for day and night
signaling to attract the attention of SAR (search and
rescue) aircraft or ground rescue parties. The signal kit
consists of a hand-held pencil-type launcher (Mk 31),
seven (Mk 80) star flare cartridges that screw into the
launcher and a bandoleer for storing the flares. Each
flare has a minimum burn duration of about 4 1/2
seconds and can be launched up to 250 feet producing a
12,000 candlepower red star.
The emergency signaling mirror consists of an
aluminized reflecting mirror glass, a back cover glass,
and a sighting device. Personnel can use it to attract the
attention of passing aircraft or ships. It reflects light
either in sunlight or in hazy weather. Mirror reflections
can be seen at distances three to five times farther than a
SHEATH & FLARE
(AFTER ACC 436)
SECURING BELT (TYP)
Figure 11-24.Survival vest (SV-2 series).