Based on user feedback on the original system, the MOLLE requirements were modified to eliminate the need for a quick-release frame that integrates into the load bearing vest (LBV).The change allowed developers to replace the probe and socket mechanism, which caused problems in donning for some soldiers and Marines, to a quick-release mechanism for a more traditional permanently-mounted waist belt on the frame.
The MOLLE II molded waistbelt has no longer a female connector into which the MOLLE frame joins but straps (6) and buckles (7) to attach it to the MOLLE II frame. The waistbelt is designed to be permanently attached to the frame and to distribute part of the main pack or large rucksack load to the hips.
The MOLLE II modularity allows for commanders to tailor the loads tomeet mission needs without unnecessary extra pockets and gear.
The MOLLE comes with an on-the-move tube hydrationsystem for special missions where hands-free drinking isdesired.
The MOLLE II Assault Pack has an approximate internal volume of 1525 cubic inches in the main compartment and 825 cubic inches in the large front pocket that is specifically sized to house a removable six magazine bandoleer or a standard protective mask and allow quick and easy access to it, and is capable of carrying at least a 60-pound load to include the current family of field radios including SINCGARS and ASIP. The radio can be carried in a radio pouch attached to the rear panel of the pack utilizing the 1 inch oval loops.
The MOLLE II patrol pack has a volume of approximately 1,500 cubic inches including the outside pocket that is specifically sized to house a standard protective mask and allow quick and easy access to it, and is capable of carrying at least a 40-pound load to include the current family of field radios including SINCGARS and ASIP.
The MOLLE II waist pack has a volume of approximately 350 cubic inches.
The canteen/general purpose pouch has a variety of uses.
The MOLLE II Large Rucksack has an approximate internal volume of 2900 cubic inches in the top compartment and 830 cubic inches in the lower compartment, and is capable of carrying a 120-pound load.
The MOLLE II medium rucksack has a volume of approximately 3,000 cubic inches.
The Tactical Assault Panel (TAP) replaces the Fighting Load Carrier to allow for quick-release of equipment in emergency situations.TAP is compatible with the quick release system of the IOTV/SPCS.TAP can also be worn like a Ranger Assault Carrying Kit (RACK) using the external webbing harness.