The Ikaros range of lifesaving signals
Lifesaving signals must be reliable. They have to work. Also, the instructions must be clear and easy to understand, and they must be easy to handle. Because in distress situations nothing can go wrong – your life depends on it. Ikaros has produced lifesaving signals since 1888; our products are globally approved and they meet the demanding SOLAS* requirements.
Please find below a description on some of the commonly used emergency signals as well as videos with a short demonstration of use.
The IKAROS rocket is used for long-range distress signaling on ships, lifeboats and life rafts. When activated, it launches a flare to attract the attention of rescuers.
The launching tube features clear instructions for use, and its non-slip surface ensures safe operation even when launched with one hand. The rocket is waterproof and can be held underwater when fired.
Introduced in 1959, the IKAROS rocket has a design that is now used by most manufacturers around the world. As the leading parachute rocket on the market, IKAROS meets the highest demands for quality, performance, functionality and safe operation. It has been approved globally and conforms to the latest SOLAS regulations.
The Parachute Rockets can be found here in the webshop.
These handheld flares are designed to give maximum output from a minimum size container.
The IKAROS hand flare red is a short-range distress signal for ships, lifeboats and life rafts. It is also the best pinpoint signal for pleasure craft.
The IKAROS hand flare white acts as a warn-off signal and is used by vessels and pleasure craft.
The IKAROS handsmoke is designed for daylight distress signaling.
The flares have been developed from the IKAROS parachute flare, which is known to be the best in the world. The case is made of corrosion-resistant steel and carries clear and simple instructions for use. IKAROS hand flare have been approved globally and meet the latest SOLAS regulations.
The Handheld Flares can be found here in the webshop.
Buoyant smoke orange
The IKAROS buoyant smoke orange is a daylight distress signal and can be used on ships, lifeboats and life rafts.
This orange smoke signal emits a dense orange smoke visible both from boats several kilometres away, but also provides great visibility for search and rescue helicopters and airplanes.
The case is made of corrosion-resistant steel and carries clear and simple instructions, making the signal very easy to use. To activate it, simply remove the lid, pull the internal loop and throw it into the water. It will immediately emit smoke to attract attention.
The IKAROS buoyant smoke signal has been approved globally and meets the latest SOLAS regulations
The Buoyant Smoke can be found here in the webshop.