ARK – Aerial Rescue Kit Marine Version
The Aerial Rescue Kit (ARK) marine version is a hand-launched life saving system, capable of being deployed from a wide variety of aircraft utilising the aft ramp or side door. The system delivers life rafts, complete with survival equipment inside, to survivors in the water. Connected to each other with buoyant rope, two, three or four kits can be placed in a straightline pattern on the water surface.
The kits are dropped upwind of the survivors, allowing for natural drift and the interconnecting buoyant rope to provide maximum area coverage and easy survivor access.
The IrvinGQ ARK uses identical life saving kits and is very effective in accurately delivering life saving equipment to survivors. Each life raft remains inside its valise until it is immersed in the water. At this time the water activated device will inflate the life raft, detaching the drogue parachute and valise from the life raft to avoid possible entanglement of the survivors.
Each ARK Kit Contains the Following:
- Parachute Assembly
- Life Raft Assembly
- Survival Kit Assembly
- Rope Assembly
- Valise Assembly
- Static Line Assembly
- Pilot and Dispatch Crew
- Training Systems
- Arctic/Land Aerial Rescue Kits
Four Kit Drop
IrvinGQ ARK can place up to a maximum of four kits into the water. Each kit contains a life raft complete with survival equipment. A variety of life rafts and survival equipment can be adapted for this system allowing use of current, in-service equipment.
Survival Equipment Packed Inside of Life Raft
Ensures quick and easy access to life saving equipment such as blankets, water, first aid kit, flares, etc. (as specified by the customer). Easy access means that exhausted and possibly injured survivors do not have to spend additional energy pulling and then lifting the equipment into the raft.
Inflation at Sea Level
After water immersion, inflation of the life raft and deployment of a fast acting sea anchor is automatic. This is a major improvement over systems that inflate life rafts in the air, and are prone to being blown out of position. ARK descends to the water quickly and by the time the rafts inflate, the sea anchor is already deployed.
Typically systems are deployed within 50 ft of target.
The buoyant, connecting rope guides survivors to the nearest life raft, creating an important lifeline to safety especially in stormy conditions.
On Scene Configuration
The kits are identical, allowing them to be configured on scene to allow for a variety of raft separation patterns (e.g. 280 ft, 560 ft, a maximum spread of 1,100 ft can be obtained).
A training system is available which replicates the operational system in size, weight, and form, allowing for practice drops to train new personnel and improve accuracy without actually using the life rafts, which require higher maintenance costs.
Training systems are of a different colour to eliminate chance of misuse.
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ARK Aerial Rescue Kit
|Life Raft Separation
|| Up to 560 ft (2kits) (1100 ft, 4 kits)
|Rate of Descent
|Deployment Speed/ Altitude
||130 150 kts / 300 500 ft MSL
|Currently Qualified Aircraft
||130 150 kts / 300 500 ft MSL
Alternative options for deployment and containers are available:
G Container with 10 Person Life Raft
The Type G Mk 1 container
Designed for use in rotary and fixed wing aircraft. When the life raft is required for use in an emergency, the container is removed from its stowage in the aircraft and carried to the exit ready to initiate operational deployment procedures, the system is manually activated and aimed at ditching situations or manually deployed SAR.
G Container fitted with life raft MS 10 Mk 1
||MRI GQ 1388 (Yellow)
||MRI GQ 1388/A (Green)
||Length 812 mm (32 in)
||Width 370 mm (14.5 in)
||Height 328 mm (13 in)
||Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
|NATO Stock Number
||MRI GQ 1848
||48 kg (106 lb)