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Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment

The Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) was designed to replace the All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (ALICE) and Integrated Individual Fighting System (IIFS) including the Enhanced Tactical Load-Bearing Vest.

Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment II

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.

Medical Bag

The medical bag includes two removable flap assemblies (medical bag panel), an inner pocket (IV bandoleer) and shoulder straps, as separate components.

Sleep System Carrier

The sleep system carrier is designed to accommodate the Modular Sleep System.


The MOLLE modularity allows for commanders to tailor the loads tomeet mission needs without unnecessary extra pockets and packs.

Load Bearing Vest

The MOLLE Load Bearing Vest (LBV) is a modular vest that allows commanders to tailor the loads to meet mission needs without unnecessary extra pouches and gear.The vest is designed to reduce heat build up on the back with minimum area of coverage with the H-Harness design.The wide shoulder straps of the vest help distribute the load without the need for excessive padding that can hinder mobility and sighting a weapon.

Main Pack

The MOLLE main pack has a volume of approximately 3,000 cubic inches.

Patrol Pack

The MOLLE patrol pack has a volume of approximately 1,200 cubic inches including the outside pocket.

Sustainment Pocket

The sustainment pocket has a volume of approximately 500 cubic inches.

Radio Pouch

The MOLLE radio pouch is designed to carry a SINCGARS/ASIP radio.


Purchase description CO/PD 02-02 covers the Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment.