1-5. EQUIPMENT CHARACTERISTICS, CAPABILITIES, AND FEATURES (Cont)
struck with small arms fire. A fire resistant aramid oxford fabric carrier with seven layers of Kevlar (R) is provided to
carry the insert. The Kevlar (R) provides the necessary spall protection from the insert when the insert is impacted with a
round. A cradle type harness arrangement on the carrier is used for holding the insert on the body. A quick release strap
located on the bottom of the carrier allows the insert to be jettisoned during emergencies.
Survival Signal and Communication Components. Placed in the various pockets on the vest are the following
items: compass, mirror, smoke and Illumination flares, sea dye marker, distress light marker, chemical agent detectors,
distress signal kit, operators manual, and survival packets consisting of medical and basic components necessary for
A pocket is also provided on the vest for carrying a PRC-90 or PRC-112 radio. Operation of the AN/PRC-90 or
AN/PRC-112 will span a wide range of weather extremes. Although the radio circuits are operable over a temperature
range of -30° to +500C (-22° to +1220F), the battery power supply is only effectively operable over a 0° to +54°C (+32°
to +1290F) temperature range. Operating at low temperature reduces battery life. The radio may be stored over a
temperature range of -60° to +60°C (-76° to +1400F).