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The PLCE webbing system Kuwait Army Military Backpacks, Rucksack with Assault Vest, and whole 1990 Webbing System Equipment

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The PLCE webbing system is produced from double-layered 1000 Denier internally rubberised Cordura Nylon, a long lasting and hard wearing fabric. Olive webbing of the same material ("1000 D") is being incorporated, along with a variety of hard wearing plastic fasteners (ITW Nexus), Hook and loop fasteners (Velcro) and anti-magnetic press stud fasteners ("Pull the Dot").

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The pouches are opened and closed with Spanish Tab fasteners, they can be closed in two different ways, quick release or secure. Small sections of Velcro, sewn on the inside of the lids of the pouches, and the top front section of the pouches, allow for easy and effortless fastening. Added silencer strips allow to cover them when not needed.

A standard ammunition pouch as issued ("Pouch, Ammunition, Universal, DPM, IRR.") has two pockets; single pocket versions ("Pouch, Ammunition (Other Arms), DPM, IRR.") are available for those individuals not required to carry as much ammunition. Pouches designated to hold ammunition initially contained a dividing strip to hold two magazines in separate compartments and eliminate rattle. Some soldiers, especially infantry soldiers, often removed these dividing strips to make it easier to insert and remove magazines. They also found that three magazines would then fit comfortably and without excessive noise, giving a total capacity of twelve magazines per person in a standard fighting configuration. Later issue ammunition pouches were manufactured without dividers, as eight magazines was not thought to be sufficient for sustained firefights with the enemy. Without dividers, each pouch can now alternatively contain one grenade.

Infrared Reduction (or Resistant) (IRR) coating is applied to and incorporated in all fabric and webbing of the PLCE webbing system, which reduces its heat signature to that of natural foliage, when viewed through infrared night vision systems.

 

In the year 1997, the Defence Clothing & Textile Agency (DCTA) had decided, that Type 90 Pattern (Infantry) equipment was to be scaled and issued in the following capacity.

· 01. 1x Carrier, Entrenching Tool.

· 02. 2x Pouch Side, Rucksack.

· 03. 1x Carrier, Water Canteen.

· 04. 2x Pouch, Ammunition, Universal.

· 05. 1x Pouch, Utility.

· 06. 1x Haversack, Respirator.

· 07. 1x Yoke, Main.

· 08. 1x Yoke, Pouch Side, Rucksack.

· 09. 2x Strap, Pouch Side, Yoke.

· 10. 1x Belt, Waist (of appropriate size).

· 11. 2x Strap, Utility, O/D, IRR.

· 12. 1x Bayonet, Frog, DPM, IRR.

· 13. 1x Rucksack (Infantry) (of appropriate size).

· 14. 1x Bag, Insertion, Rucksack.

· 15. 2x Bag, Insertion, Pouch, Side, Rucksack.

· 16. 1x Bag, Transparent, PLCE, Rucksack.

· 17. 2x Bag, Transparent, PLCE, Pouch, Side, Rucksack.

The standard issue accoutrement today, dependent upon the branch of service, was changed to the capacity of two front pouches (Pouch, Ammunition, Universal, DPM, IRR.) instead of one. To this, privately purchased water bottle or utility pouches and hip pads are often added. The entrenching tool pouch (Carrier, Entrenching Tool Case, DPM, IRR.) is sometimes used as an alternative water bottle pouch.

Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP) PLCE is replacing all Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM) PLCE as the core issued webbing equipment for the British Armed Forces, this program started in 2015.

 

Assault Vest

A new standard issue piece of equipment (Waistcoat, Mans, General Purpose Ops.) that was designed for carrying essential items on a more secure platform than the original PLCE webbing system.

This consists of a typical waistcoat design, fastened with three ITW Nexus clips. Two triple ammunition pouches are situated on the left hand side of the coat, along with a utility pouch, small utility pouch and a zippered pocket with an internal holster. The right side is similar but with three large utility pouches, along with a small utility pouch and again a zippered pocket with notepad holder. All pouches open and close with ITW Nexus clips as well as having storm seals.

The vest is adjusted through four ladder lock fasteners and webbing, the shoulders are adjustable with Velcro material. The concept is to gain a secure load carrying system that fits over body Armour comfortably. There are various types of this vest depending upon the year of manufacture. The originals are as described above but newer models have loops on the left side for the bayonet frog, clips for a large hydration pouch, name patches on the left side, and a small utility pouch. Most recently, the Spanish tab fasteners are being incorporated again, instead of the ITW Nexusclips.

The standard issue assault vest, depending on the operational requirements, is available in either the Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM)camouflage pattern, or the Desert DPM (''DDPM'') camouflage pattern. Commercial variants are available in multiple colours, such as Black, Green, or the American Desert Camouflage Uniform (DCU) camouflage pattern.

 

Criticism

The main criticism of the PLCE webbing system amongst members of the British Armed Forces, is that the belt is prone to slipping. Some soldiers opt to change the plastic buckle for a Roll-Pin type, whereby the belt is threaded and tightened each time it is put on.


Future

Most other nations are developing, or have developed more modular load bearing systems, such as the Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) which is being widely employed by most branches of the United States Armed Forces. Following this major improvement, the Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS) had been incorporated into the Osprey Body Armour (OBA) platform, which is currently being issued to British troops on operations world-wide.


Further international developments of influence and interest include the Infanterist der Zukunft (IdZ) platform, the Fantassin à Équipements et Liaisons Intégrés (FÉLIN) platform, the Norwegian Modular Arctic Network Soldier (NORMANS) platform, and the Future Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS) platform, which was planned to be fielded by the Indian Armed Forces in the year 2020. No such sophisticated plans of a British Future Soldier programme had been announced by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

In the year 2015, the Personal Protective Equipment and Load Carriage System (VIRTUS) platform, this is now on issue to high readiness units.

Due to the introduction and constant improvement of protective equipment, such as the Osprey Body Armour (OBA), the PLCE webbing system is incompatible so Osprey Mk 4 has a MOLLE belt and under armour Yoke to allow Osprey pouches to be used as belt equipment.

After the first introduction in 1989, PLCE in its current MTP form is still Britain's core issue webbing equipment which is compatible with ECBA armour and Mk 6 and 7 helmet, with Osprey issued to non-deployed infantry, leaving Virtus issued to deployed Infantry Commando and Parachute Units

 


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