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Modular Tactical Vest

The Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) was developed due to combat operations highlighting the need for operational enhancements to the Outer Tactical Vest (OTV). The OTV, developed in the late 1990's, was not designed to carry heavy loads such as ammo pouches, radios, water carriers and accessories, so many troops either attached cumbersome pockets to the vest or wore an additional load-carrying layer.

MTVMTV with external side plate pocketsleft: MTV with internal S-SAPI pocket, right: MTV with external X-Small ESAPI pocket


The MTV uses the same soft armor and hard armor solutions used in the OTV.

MTV enhancements over the OTV include:

  • improved closures
  • a quick release for emergency egress and casualty assistance
  • side opening design for medical access
  • increased side torso, lower back and kidney area protection
  • integrated Side Small Arms Protective Insert (S-SAPI) carrier
  • pathways for communication wiring/cables
  • a rifle bolster to improve the stock weld


  • front carrier with soft armor insert
  • rear carrier with soft armor insert and spine armor insert
  • internal side plate pockets for 6x8/7x8 S-SAPI plates with soft armor inserts
  • external X-Small ESAPI plate pockets for Marines with longer torsos
  • groin armor carrier with soft armor insert
  • collar/yoke assembly
  • throat armor assembly
  • cummerbund assembly
    • right cummerbund half
    • left cummerbund half
    • three hole adaptor
    • release cable
    • bungee cord, one wrap and barrel lock
  • two cummerbund stays
  • MEDEVAC strap for securing casualty in vest when cummerbund is missing
  • rifle bolster


  • MTV Component Listing [pdf]
  • Commercial Manual (MTV) [pdf]
  • USMC MTV Assembly Guide [pdf]
  • MTV visual user guide


  • a complete set; TAMCN: C00592E
    • X-Small: 8470-01-547-5919
    • Small: 8470-01-547-5950 [pdf]
    • Medium: 8470-01-547-5938
    • Large: 8470-01-547-5949
    • X-Large: 8470-01-547-5954
    • XX-Large: 8470-01-552-3939
    • XXX-Large: 8470-01-552-9085
  • NSNs for individual components are listed in pages 11 through 13 of the Commercial Manual (MTV) above.


  • Solicitation: M67854-06-R-3044
    • Contract: M67854-06-C-3044
      • award date: 2006-09-25
      • Protective Products International, Sunrise, Fla.
      • a $33,647,022 firm-fixed-price contract for 60,000 Modular Tactical Vests (MTVs) with associated training
  • Solicitation: M67854-10-R-3023
    • Contract: M67854-10-D-3023
      • award date: 2010-05-07
      • Protective Products Enterprises, Sunrise, Fla.
      • a $10,549,990 firm fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) Spare and Replacement Parts.



  • MTV infopaper @PMICE [2008]
  • Marine Corps Concepts and Programs. [p. 209, 2007][p. 73, 2010]
  • The Modular Tactical Vest: A Case Study in Success and Failure. [pdf]