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Images of the Army’s pilot survival gear

OK, we're still blogging about the deal signed by the Army with Hayden-based Unitech Composites & Structures.  It's not that we like their name that much.  Instead we finally got our hands on two images that tell half the story -- what those units the Army hopes saves helicopter pilots look like.  

Unitech is making the next gen version of the SEA -- military for "survival egress air" (Memo to the Pentagon: SEA is the best you can do?) The tanks are meant to help rescue pilots or crew forced down into water.

The two images here show the small tank that holds, at present, about 100 seconds of breatheable air, and the full unit added to the vest pack worn by an air crew. Go to the rest of this post to see the unit by itself.

Unitech's new design will add 50 or more seconds to the capacity, plus make the unit 20 percent lighter.

Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.