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RATIS™ HIT™ Inflatable PFD



Retail $1,022.35

Following five years of extensive collaborative research and development, Mustang Survival's newest inflatable is the smallest self-righting inflatable LPU (life preserver unit) for maritime special operations on the market.

While the MD1501 RATIS™ LPU only weighs 1 lb, it provides 40 lbs buoyancy. The biggest contributor to this weight savings is a new ultralightweight membrane film, used for the inflation chamber.

Mustang Survival's new RATIS™ LPU is offered in three configurations to fit the operational profiles of most LPU users. The MD1500 utilizes a programmable automatic inflator, MD1501 utilizes HIT™ hydrostatic inflator and MD1502 utilizes Hammar's new manual inflator.

RATIS™ is being referred to as a SOF LPU, but everyone who currently uses some form of inflatable LPU is going to want this. Not only can it be attached to equipment via PALS webbing, but they've also created a stand alone harness so the LPU can be worn alone. That's great for over the water Helo passengers, parachutists during admin jumps and small boat passengers. Additionally, SOLAS reflective tape is attached to the inflation chamber via hook and loop, could be replaced with GLINT by the user, to support those TTPs which use those markings. Because of the RATIS™ LPU's low profile, the wearer will barely know it's there. It's not going to impede movement or situational awareness. In the event of inflation, the chamber is out front, above any equipment such as ammunition, first aid kit, or radios. That way, the wearer can still access that gear.

MD1501 utilizes an automatic hydrostatic inflation system that can be converted to a manual only system. The optional manual conversion cap MA7219 can be installed on the water inlet port preventing the automatic operation. This manual conversion cap provides for optimal mission planning and allows operator to select the inflation capability (manual or automatic) prior to the mission.

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  • Weighing 1 lb, the MD1501 is the smallest self-righting inflatable LPU for maritime special operations
  • Lightweight and comfortable design
  • 40 lbs buoyancy
  • Inflation chamber has a new ultralight membrane film
  • Almost invisible low-profile design allows full field of visionand head mobility
  • Doesn't interfere with equipment
  • Easily connects to almost any armor carrier
  • Harness accessory allows device to be used as a stand-alone life vest with no armor carrier
  • SOLAS retro reflective tape attached to the bladder via hook and loop so that it can be removed or switched to GLINT tape by the user
  • Utilizes standard HIT™ automatic inflator
  • Automatically inflates when submerged under more than four inches of water
  • The optional manual conversion cap MA7219 allows the automatic inflator to be converted to manual only inflation
  • Fully inflates within five seconds
  • Ratis™ LPU can be inflated orally
  • Re-arm with MA1511 Kit
  • Replacement BRO chest harness available: MA1505
  • Use only Mustang Survival re-arm kits. Use of other re-arm kits may result in improper operation or failure to operate and will void the product's warranty
  • SKU: 062533233416 Multicam Camouflage
    SKU: 062533233447 Coyote Tan
    SKU: 062533233430 Black
    SKU: 062533233362 Sepia

MD1501 Size Chart

  Chest (inches) Weight (lbs) Chest (cm) Weight (kg)
Universal 30" - 52" 80lbs. or over 76 - 132 36 kg or over

Download Mustang Survival MD1501 Spec Sheet

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Download Mustang Survival MD1501 User Manual

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Formula to Determine Buoyancy

If a man weighs 200 pounds on land, he only weighs 10 pounds in the water.

80% of the human body is water. Water in the body has no weight in the water.

200 pounds x 80% = 160 pounds
200 pounds – 160 pounds = 40 pounds

The human body is 15% fat, fat is lighter than water.

200 pounds x 15% = 30 pounds
40 pounds – 30 pounds = 10 pounds

A 200 pound person only weighs 10 pounds in the water.

A U.S.C.G. approved Type V vest is mandated to have 17.5 pounds of buoyancy.

If a man weighs 350 pounds on land, he only weighs:

80% of the human body is water. Water in the body has no weight in the water.

350 x 80% = 280 pounds
350 pounds – 280 pounds = 70 pounds

The human body is 15% fat, fat is lighter than water.

350 pounds x 15% = 52.5 pounds
70 pounds – 52.5 pounds = 17.5 pounds

A 350 pound person weighs 17.5 pounds in the water.

Mustang Survival Warranty and Repair Information

**Products not eligible for returns include: Re-Arm Kits, Custom Orders, Non Current and Non Stock Products, Discontinued Products and Inflatable PFD's purchased 6 months ago or longer.

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2019 Mustang Survival Product Guide
2019 Product Guide

2018 Mustang Survival Product Guide

2017 Mustang Survival Industrial and Commercial Catalog

2017 Mustang Survival Angler Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Public safety Product Guide

2016 Public Safety Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Military Product Guide

2016 Military Catalog

2016 Mustang Survival Product Guide

2016 Product Guide

2016 Mustang Survival Range Book

2016 Range Book

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California Proposition 65

Safe Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – Warnings Required

WARNING: This Mustang Survival product can expose you to chemicals including Di-methyl formamide (DMF) and Antimony trioxide, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Ethylene glycol (ingested), which are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

We appreciate your decision to purchase Mustang Survival products to provide the best on water experience. We take our job seriously! You may have noticed that our products now show a warning label at point of sale referring to carcinogens and birth defects. You may also have begun to see warnings related to carcinogenic substances or substances causing birth defects prominently displayed in hotel lobbies, hospitals, or other places of business recently. These warnings are required by the State of California, and we believe that an explanation of the California statute legislating the requirement will provide you valuable information regarding the relative risks of the chemicals that may be present in consumer products.

In 1986, the State of California passed the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act; otherwise known as “Proposition 65” or "Prop 65". Prop 65 requires businesses like ours to disclose to individuals the presence of chemicals listed in the Act prior to point of sale. The regulations implementing this Act have been amended over time with the most recent updates will take effect on August 30, 2018. There are more than 900 chemicals on the Prop 65 Chemical List, including many chemicals that are found in components of a wide array of consumer goods or are used to manufacture components that make up consumer goods.

Prop 65 does not establish acceptable concentrations for any listed chemical; however, the agency which enforces it has established what is called "safe harbor" exposure levels for about one third of these chemicals below which warnings are not required. These "safe harbor" are established for listed carcinogens based on the quantity of the chemical that would result in one excess case of cancer in an exposed population of 100,000, assuming lifetime (70-year) exposure at the level in question. A similar process is used to establish safe harbor levels for listed reproductive toxicants. Additional information in plain language on safe harbor levels is available from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment at http://oehha.ca.gov/Prop65/background/p65plain.html

At Mustang Survival, the safety of your on water experience is our highest priority. We go to great effort to select materials that offer superior value, quality, and durability while also being generally recognized as safe and reliable for the full life of the product. Mustang Survival also works closely with many regulatory bodies, such as the US Coast Guard and Underwriter’s Laboratories, to ensure the longevity of your on-water safety through targeted selection of durable, long lasting materials and components that undergo significant validation testing before being used to manufacture end items. Sometimes the safety promise we offer appears at odds with the health and safety requirements of other legislation in certain parts of the world when some regulations are updated ahead of others. To ensure compliance with applicable legal requirements, Mustang Survival has placed a warning on products that contain a Prop 65 listed chemical, either directly or as a part of the raw material supply chain. This allows us to comply with California law and provide our California consumers with the disclosure required by Prop 65, while still promising the safest on water experience possible.

Mustang Survival is working diligently with regulatory bodies and our own manufacturing partners to continue to improve our product performance and reduce the presence of less desirable chemicals. Water is a precious resource we all share that is important to the health and well-being of our planet and all people. Our goal is to continue to enhance your water life experience while reducing our overall impact to the planet and, in particular, its waterways. While it is a bit of a juggling act to achieve, we are confident you will see continued improvement in both the immediate and long term future. We hope this explanation will enable you to understand why you will be seeing warnings on some our products.

Thank you for your continued use of Mustang Survival products.

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