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.
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 medical bag was designed to carry a mix of medical supplies and equipment that could be customized for specific missions.
The MOLLE bandoleer holds up to six additional thirty round magazines and can be slung across the shoulders or fits in the claymore pocket of the main pack or the front pack of MOLLE II assault pack.
The MOLLE sleep system carrier is designed to accommodate the Modular Sleep System.
The MOLLE modularity allows for commanders to tailor the loads to meet mission needs without unnecessary extra pockets and packs.
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.
The MOLLE main pack has a volume of approximately 3,000 cubic inches.
The MOLLE patrol pack has a volume of approximately 1,200 cubic inches including the outside pocket.
The MOLLE sustainment pocket has a volume of approximately 500 cubic inches.
The MOLLE radio pouch is designed to carry a SINCGARS/ASIP radio.
The MOLLE Combat Medic Set consists of a medic bag and eight external medic modular pouches (four each for the vest and the bag). This set is duty-specific and is issued in addition to the rifleman set.
'Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) Care and Use Manual' was prepared to help the reader understand the use, care, and the required maintenance of the MOLLE components.
Purchase description CO/PD 02-02 covers the Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment.