1-9. COMPONENTS DESCRIPTIONS - Continued
SARVIP. The aircrew survival armor recovery vest, insert, and packets (SARVIP) is a three part system: The
survival vest is fabricated from raschel knit and oxford fire-resistant fabric. It contains 12 external pockets, both
front, side and inside, for storage of survival, signal, and communications components. All pockets have fastener
tape closures. Located just above the center slide fastener is a carabiner attached to the harness for rescue lift
capability. Internal loops are provided for securing the LPU-10/P to the vest.
The armor insert consists of an oxford carrier with seven layers of ballistic Kevlar attached, and a ceramic/
fiberglass armor insert with a 3/4-inch-thick foam padding. The armor insert provides .50 cal AP protection, and
the Kevlar provides spall fragmentation protection when the armor is hit with a round. The foam padding located
closest to the chest provides blunt trauma protection when the armor insert is hit.
The survival packets are designed to provide essential, world wide, climatically oriented survival components for
immediate self-aid in all basic/temperate, hot, cold, or overwater survival environments. There are two types of
survival packets: medical related and basic survival which are carried in the front pockets.
SARVIP includes the vest, compass, dye marker, SDU-5/E distress marker light, emergency signaling mirror,
smoke and illumination signals, life preserver LPU-10/P, a foliage penetration signal kit, and a pocket for carrying
an AN/PRC-90 or an AN/PRC-112 radio.
Signal smoke and illumination (MK-13 or MK-124) is a hand actuated combination day or night distress signal.
One end of the signal device contains orange smoke for daytime use and the opposite end contains a pyrotechnic
composition for illumination during nighttime use. The end is marked by a series of embossed projections located
1/4-inch below end cap.
Technical manual, TM 1-1680-359-10, covers use and care of the SARVIP and other survival items included with
Life preserver LPU-1 0/P consists of gas-actuated water wings which are secured to the SARVIP armhole openings
with snap dot fasteners.
The signal kit uses slide-in flares (gyro-jet type) that are held in the launcher by collets.