Virginia Beach, VA—With support from ADS, Inc., Mustang Survival has developed a groundbreaking new life preserver so lightweight, low profile and non-restrictive that military operators will barely know they’re wearing it.
Company officials, who will debut the product at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas next week, say the new product represents the smallest self-righting inflatable Life Preserver Unit (LPU) on the market today.
Called the Next Generation Inflatable LPU for Special Operations, the preserver weighs in at just one pound, thanks to an ultra-lightweight membrane film in the inflation chamber.
Special Operations Forces have long sought a programmable automatic inflator that allows the user to select the inflation profile of their LPU based on the mission. In addition, existing horse-collar style self-righting Life Preserver Units are large and bulky, negatively impacting mission performance. These current LPUs restrict the wearer’s field of vision and head mobility, create snag hazards and interfere with weapon use.
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The solution—developed by Mustang Survival, in collaboration with ADS and including significant input from Special Operations Forces users— is the culmination of more than five years of research and development.
The new small, sleek, self-righting inflatable floatation device uses an exclusive programmable inflator developed with CM Hammar® that is automatically triggered by water depth, time submerged in water, or a combination of both. The LPU will also be available with a standard hydrostatic inflator, and a new manual inflation system.
Unlike other inflatables on the market, the Mustang SOF LPU will not hinder head movement or weapons manipulation, restrict visibility or take up valuable real-estate on a user’s body armor.
We’re very excited about the launch of this unique, new product and the cooperative effort with Mustang that brought it to fruition. We truly value our relationship with Mustang, and look forward to many more years of working together to solve our warfighters most challenging problems.”
–ADS Director of Product Development and Integration Graham Kessler
Kessler said introducing the next-generation life preserver for Special Operations Forces is particularly meaningful for ADS, since the company’s first customers were Navy SEALs.
“This is game-changing technology that will make a real difference in the lives and performance of our warfighters and we’re proud to introduce it,” Kessler said.
ADS, Inc. is a leading value-added logistics and supply chain solutions provider that proudly serves all branches of the U.S. Military, federal, state and local government organizations, law enforcement agencies, first responders, partner nations and the defense industry. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, ADS is a Top 50 Department of Defense Contractor focused on solving our customers’ challenges by providing the best product and service offerings, the broadest array of procurement options, and legendary customer service.
Established in 1967, Mustang Survival has been designing and manufacturing lifesaving solutions for more than 45 years. Through constant innovation and application of new technologies, Mustang Survival is the leading supplier of quality flotation and personal protective equipment to the most demanding maritime and aviation customers. Mustang Survival has been an industry leader in researching, designing and producing protective garments for the most demanding users working in the most hazardous environments.