Frequently Asked Questions - Submethod 43

Listed below are portions of MIL-STD-2073 covering preservation submethod 43 (formerly Method IA-13: Rigid container, other than metal). This web page identifies the method, types of materials authorized, a graphic illustration, and a link to the School of Military Packaging Technology's 'How To' web documents. If this material does not enhance your understanding regarding this method of preservation, please use either our feedback form to provide recommendations or contact us directly by E-mail us at:

Method 43 - Floating Watervaporproof Bag, Sealed
  • How should items that require Method 43 preservation be packaged?
    MIL-STD-2073 states, 'The item, preserved, wrapped and cushioned as required in and anchored or shock mounted as required in MIL-STD-1186, shall be enclosed in a sealed bag conforming to MIL-E-6060. (Note: When the outer container becomes the shipping container, it shall be marked as a shipping container in accordance with MIL-STD-129; the bag shall be marked as a unit package in accordance with MIL-STD-129.)'

    • NOTE: The packaging requirements (code) in your contract may specify the exact packaging materials to use to protect the item.

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Last Updated:  5 Oct 2015