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MARS Mobile Aircrew Restraint System
Product Part Number: 2003132‑1
MARS easily adapts to existing or emerging aircrew harnesses or belts.
Webbing slack in the restraint is eliminated, allowing the aircrew to
concentrate on their mission without constantly readjusting their safety
strap while minimizing tripping hazards. No slack webbing means ejection
risk in a crash, hard landing, or violent maneuver is minimized. The
webbing swivel reduces aircrew‑webbing entanglement and prevents
the webbing from “roping.” Since the belt length is self‑adjusting,
a manual webbing adjuster (a structural weak point) is unnecessary. Total
weight is less than six pounds.
The Mobile Aircrew Restraint System (MARS) is a Koch-developed device
designed to prevent highly mobile aircrew from being ejected during a
crash event and to provide fall protection when working near open aircraft
doors or hatches.
H Koch & Sons worked with the U.S. Navy to implement a “Commercial Off The Shelf” (COTS) system to address these issues and drew from our long tradition of aircrew safety and protection to design and develop an innovative restraint device.
The MARS is a derivative of the highly successful MA-16 Gunner’s Reel, an inertia reel with dual-mode locking capability qualified to the rigorous MIL-R-8236F specification.
The MARS increases aircrew comfort and safety by:
MARS webbing lengths can be tailored to accommodate any aircraft interior up to 80 inches. Including the aircrew restraint harness strap this can bring the total restraint system length up to approximately 110 inches.
View video footage of MARS in-flight testing:
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