Water or Land Rescues | Lightweight | Long Range

SKAD – Survival Kit Air Droppable

 Long before a traditional helicopter or boat rescue team can reach the scene, survivors can succumb to hypothermia. The IrvinGQ SKAD can be utilised for water or land rescues and is readily adaptable to suit various life raft and survival equipment configurations.

 Lightweight SKAD (LW SKAD)

The Lightweight SKAD is qualified on various aircraft to provide a long range, fast response Search and Rescue (SAR) capability. This Aircraft mounted survival kit provides reliable and accurate aerial delivery of survival equipment, allowing squadrons to be entirely self-supporting in the event of the ejection of an aircrew. Survivors receive either a life raft system or temporary shelter along with enough provisions until rescue is organised.

Lightweight SKAD can be utilised for water or land rescues and is readily adaptable to suit various life raft and survival equipment configurations. The system can be supplied with or without survival kit items, enabling the user to utilise their current in-service equipment. It’s versatility and ability to reach survivors quickly makes it a vital piece of Search and Rescue and support equipment.

 

Heavyweight SKAD (HW SKAD)

Heavyweight SKAD is qualified on various aircraft to provide a long range, Search and Rescue (SAR) capability. It is an aircraft mounted survival kit that provides highly reliable and accurate aerial delivery of survival equipment. HW SKAD can be used for deployment to downed aircrew, small craft in distress, or remote disasters in the Arctic, desert, mountainous terrain or ocean.

HW SKAD can be used for Special Operations support, high speed airborne re-supply, and for potential rescue in case of ejection. It can be utilised for both water or land rescues, as it is readily adaptable to suit various life raft and survival equipment configurations. HW SKAD can be supplied with or without these items, enabling user to utilise current in-service equipment.

 

Marine SKAD

Reliably and accurately deploys two inflatable life rafts and survival gear into the water. The LW/HW SKAD system is released from the aircraft by the pilot upwind of the survivors. A parachute system is initiated and the first life raft package is extracted from the container.

A buoyant rope is deployed and feeds out between the first and second life raft package. Once the container touches the water, the second life raft is expelled and inflated automatically upon water immersion. The inflated life rafts, which are still connected by the buoyant rope, drift towards the survivors in the water enabling them to reach either one of the life rafts or the buoyant rope.

Once the survivors have boarded the life raft they can then utilise the survival equipment contained within the inflated life raft. Automatic deployment of life raft sea anchors and strobe lights enhance stability and visibility in poor weather conditions.

The Land SKAD variant provides maximum protection in hostile environments eg. Arctic, desert and mountainous regions.


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Technical data

Lightweight SKAD

Specification Marine Land
Deployment Altitude ft 100-500 500-1,000
Deployment Speed KIAS 130 – 300 130-300
Carriage Speed KIAS 350 350
Operational Weight 325 lb 325 lb
Typical Payload Weight 200 lb 200 lb
(subject to life raft/kit)
Life Raft Separation 200 – 600 ft N/A
(separation a function of release altitude)
Survivor Capacity 12 Person 12 Person
(Subject to content selection)
Attachment NATO 14 in.
Std. BRU
Currently Qualified Aircraft Fokker F-50 MR,
Fokker F-27 MR,
S-2 Tracker, F-18 / F-16

Heavyweight SKAD

Specification Marine Land
Deployment Altitude ft 200 – 500 500-1,000
Deployment Speed KIAS 170 – 220 170-220
Carriage Speed KIAS 300 300
Operational Weight 700 lb 700 lb
Typical Payload Weight 330 lb 330 lb
(subject to life raft/kit)
Life Raft Separation 350 – 700 ft N/A
(separation a function of release altitude)
Survivor Capacity 20 Person 20 Person
(Subject to content selection)
Attachment NATO 14 in.
Std. BRU
Currently Qualified Aircraft PC-3 Orion