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Improved Load Bearing Equipment

The Improved Load Bearing Equipment (ILBE) is a load carrying system designed to provide a durable and lightweight means for the deployed Marine to transport individual combat clothing and equipment, and replace MOLLE II.

Major proposed improvements over MOLLE include durability, comfort of wear, reduced system complexity, reduced system weight and sustainability, and greater integration with the Outer Tactical Vest.

Components

The ILBE system has two major components: the pack system and the Assault Load Carrier (ALC). The pack system is a modified commercial Arc'teryx Bora 95 pack.

standard main pack with assault packstandard pack
recon ILBE system including main pack, PALS panel, pouches, assault packrecon main pack with pouchesrecon pack
recon assault packrecon/corpsman assault pack
  • Standard ILBE Pack System (replaced by USMC Pack):
    • TAMCN: C54402F
    • Propper International Sales Part Number: F190186393
    • NSN: 8465-01-515-8615
      • 4500 cu. in. main pack has two side pockets with associated compression straps for irregularly shaped gear such as 60mm or 81mm mortar rounds, skis, snowshoes, or Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapons.
        • main pack:
          • F190486393
          • 8465-01-515-8620
        • lid:
          • F190786393
          • 8465-01-515-8643
        • shoulder straps
          • F190886393
          • 8465-01-515-8647
        • hip belt, men's:
          • Small
            • F190986393
            • 8465-01-515-8658
          • Medium
            • F193386393
            • 8465-01-520-8270
          • Large
            • F191086393
            • 8465-01-515-8677
        • radio pouch
          • F190686393
          • 8465-01-515-8636
      • 1500 cu. in. assault pack:
        • F190586393
        • 8465-01-515-8629
      • 100 oz. hydration system:
        • F191786236
        • 8465-01-531-1753:
          • reservoir: 8465-01-515-8811
          • carrier: 8465-01-515-8813
          • bite valve: 8465-01-515-8816
  • Reconnaissance ILBE System is a reconnaissance variant of the standard pack system designed to meet reconnaissance units mission requirements.
    • TAMCN: C53312E
    • NSN: 8465-01-534-3594
      • 5500 cu. in. recon main pack
      • 2300 cu. in. recon assault pack
        • F191986393
        • 8465-01-532-7233
      • two 500 cu. in. external pouches
      • 100 oz. hydration system
  • Corpsman Assault Pack: recon assault pack with removable medical inserts
  • Pouches
  • Assault Load Carrier (cancelled in favor of keeping the MOLLE II FLC 8465-01-465-2056) [1]
    • Solicitation: M67854-03-R-3093 [zip]
  • Individual Water Purification System (IWPS)
  • Waterproofing Bag Inserts (WPI)
    • for main pack (3600 cu. in.): 8465-01-559-5404
    • for assault pack (1500 cu. in.): 8465-01-560-6727
  • Marine Corps Stuff (MACS) Sack
    • 549 cu. in.
    • 8465-01-542-7688

References

  • Marine Corps Concepts and Programs. [p. 200, 2004][p. 206, 2005][p. 214, 2006][p. 203, 2007]
  • Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry [2007][2008][2009][2010]
  • PMICE battlebook. 2008. p. 22-28 [pdf]
  • Standard ILBE infopaper@PMICE [2006][2007][2008]
  • Recon ILBE infopaper@PMICE [2006][2007][2008]
  • WPI infopaper@PMICE [2008]
  • MACS Sack infopaper@PMICE [2008]
  • IWPS infopaper@PMICE [2007][2008]
  • https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/USMC/M67854/PR-ILBE/listing.html
  • http://www.defense.gov/contracts/contract.aspx?contractid=3305
  • https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/USMC/M67854/M67854-03-R-3093/listing.html
  • https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DON/USMC/Contracts_Office_CTQ8/Reference-Number-M67854-03-R-3093/listing.html
  • https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DLA/J3/DSCP-C/SP0100-05-R-0100/listing.html
  • https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DLA/J3/DSCP-C/SPM1C1-08-R-0204/listing.html
  • https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DLA/J3/DSCP-C/SPM1C1-10-R-MA03/listing.html

Notes

  1. Eward, J. Kenneth, US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000-12, Osprey Publishing, 2012.