Survival, Aircraft, Life Raft

What is it?

The Food Packet, Survival, Aircraft, Life Raft is used by the Navy to sustain personnel that survive aircraft disasters. The packet, along with other essential equipment, is supplied in the emergency kits carried aboard naval aircraft. The weight of this ration is 3.5 ounces per packet and 20.5 pounds per case. The cubic measurement is 12 cubic inches per packet and .4 cubic feet per case. There are 40 packets per case.

What's in it?

The packet contains hard candy, candy-coated chewing gum, and twine. An instruction sheet is included explaining the use of the twine for storing the components after the packet is opened. Each packet provides approximately 300 kilocalories (100% carbohydrate). It is strictly short-term survival food whose consumption will help to minimize the negative metabolic effects of acute starvation. The components are compatible with potable water restrictions.

How do I eat it?

There is no preparation necessary except opening packages.

How long will it last

The shelf life is 84 months at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

How can I order it?

The NSN for this ration is 8970-01-028-9406. Point of contact is at (215) 737-3852, DSN: 444-3852.

We can only sell Operational Rations (MREs, UGRs, etc) to the U.S. Military Services and other authorized federally-funded agencies. We can not sell to the private sector (individual, business, or other organizations). For further information, please click here and read our Customer Eligibility Policy towards the bottom of the page.


Ordering lead-time:
CONUS- 7 to 10 BUSINESS days
Hawaii & Alaska- 45-60 days
OCONUS- 60 to 90 days

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