The A/P22P-18(V) Aircrew Integrated Recovery Survival Armor Vest and Equipment (AIRSAVE) provides the aircrew member with integrated survival item stowage, small arms threat protection, flotation device integration, and a Search and Rescue (SAR) lift hoist attachment capability. AIRSAVE replaces Navy/Marine Corps Aircrew Integrated Survival/Armor Protection (AISAP), the Army Aircrew Survival Armor Recovery Vest, Insert, and Packets (SARVIP) and the Air Force SRU-21/P.
The drinking water storage bags are intended to be included in military personnel survival kits as storage containers for fresh water, for stowing miscellaneous items which must be kept from salt water, or they may be inflated, tied together, and used for flotation purposes, such as survival or swimming.
The Army's Aircrew Survival Armor Recovery Vest, Insert, and Packets (SARVIP) is a three part system: survival vest, armor insert with carrier, and survival, signal and communication components. SARVIP also accommodates the AN/PRC-90 or AN/PRC-112 radio set and the LPU-10/P life preserver. The SARVIP vest, packets, and other survival, signal and communication components replace the SRU-21/P vest. The SARVIP insert and carrier replace the .30 caliber aircrew body armor.
The SRU-21/P survival vest kit is a complete survival package which is worn by personnel on all types of Army aircraft, except OV-1.
The Air Force Airsave vest will serve as the mounting platform for the Joint Service Aircrew Mask (JSAM) tactical components using the Modular Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) capability of the vests. Airsave also offers a variety of pockets and attachments suited for specific survival gear and in-cockpit components.
The AIRSAVE survival vest assembly is an adjustable, one-size-fits-all garment, and contains an assortment of modular pockets to accommodate stowage of survival items. The Type I survival vest is used by aircrew members of both helicopter and fixed-wing, non-ejection seat aircraft. Unique features of the Type I vest include a hoisting harness attached to the inside of the vest to accommodate a Search and Rescue (SAR) lift hoist attachment, and a two-way plastic slide fastener to accommodate hard armor operation and doffing.
The SARVIP body armor is intended to be worn over the chest area to provide protection from small arms fire up to 12.7 mm (.50 cal).
Placed in the various pockets on the SARVIP 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 survival.
The packets for the SARVIP vest is of the following four types: basic, medical, first aid dressing and water storage bag, combat casualty bag.
The SARVIP vest consists of a raschel knitted aramid cloth body and aramid oxford cloth pockets. The vest has rescue lift straps and quick release mechanism for emergency recovery operation.