For the past several years, Mustang Survival has been working to introduce a new inflatable life preserver. What they’ve come up with is so low profile and lightweight, it changes the way we will look at them.
While the SOF LPU only weights one pound, it provides 40 pounds of buoyancy. The biggest contributor to this weight savings is a new, ultra-lightweight membrane film, used for the inflation chamber.
But Mustang Survival didn’t build this new system in a vacuum. Eric Graves of Soldier Systems Daily first saw a prototype at last summer’s Warrior Expo East. At that point, they’d already been working for five years with ADS to refine the form, fit, and function of what would eventually become the Mustang SOF LPU.