Navy helicopter and non-fighter aircraft personnel are in the process of receiving new armored survival vests.
The vests, developed at the Naval Air Systems Command, replace bulky, two-sizes fits all configurations that did not win raves by crews. Users said that they did not like the weight, heat and other stressors associated with the older vests.
The new gear, which is called the PRU-70/P22P-18 (V), is constructed in part of a Halo-Tech, a fire retardant material and will be offered in a coyote brown camouflage color that matches about 70 percent of the world’s terrain.
It replaces three pieces of equipment: the AirSave survival vest, separate body armor and the current PRU-60B.
Distribution of this more capable garment is to begin this year.