In a combat zone, always use the flash guard when
activating the distress marker light. Check the
marker light for operation before going on a mission.
2-45. SIGNAL FLARE LAUNCHER
(Figure 2-4; item 2)
Do not point a loaded flare at personnel. Distress
flares burn at a temperature of 5000 °F and can cause
serious burns. Also, the flare can penetrate the
human body at close range.
Firing flares at a vertical angle under a no wind
condition or up wind during wind operations can
result in the projectile (expended casing) returning
and possibly striking the operator or other nearby
individual. The expended casing can cause serious
injury or death if it strikes an unprotected individual.
The signal kit consists of a rocket launcher and seven red flares.
The flares will reach an altitude