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Configurable Lightweight Load Carrying Systems For US Armed Forces Personnel

BAE Systems (Land And Armaments) : 04 August, 2010  (New Product)
BAE Systems has received an order for further Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment for use by US forces personnel on active missions
BAE Systems has been awarded a $9.6 million follow-on order from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to produce Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment (MOLLE).

The MOLLE system is comprised of a variety of load carrying equipment including vests, backpacks, pouches, pockets and hydration systems. MOLLE is the primary field equipment system developed by and for the US Army and is configurable for specific mission requirements.

“MOLLE provides soldiers with more options over former systems,” said Greg Kraak, Director of Military Programs for BAE Systems’ Personnel Protection Systems business. “Soldiers can configure the removable pockets and pouches according to their preference; and the overall MOLLE system provides comfort to the user with its heavily padded shoulder straps and adjustable waist and shoulder belts designed to accommodate various torso sizes.”

The $9.6 million order is the first follow-on order against a $131 million second year option that DLA exercised in May of this year. The original three-year contract was awarded in 2008, and has a potential total value of $374 million.

Since the program’s inception, BAE Systems has delivered more than two million MOLLE sets to support American servicemen and women throughout the world.

MOLLE production will take place at BAE Systems’ facilities located in McKee, Kentucky and Jessup, Pennsylvania.

The Personnel Protection Systems division of BAE Systems Land and Armaments is a provider of soldier protective and load carriage equipment in the United States, producing a significant portion of the nation’s body armour, tactical vests, combat helmets and load carrying systems. Not only is the company focused on the design, development and production of leading edge survivability products, its integration of advanced materials into manufacturing, rigorous product testing, and field trials support the company’s focus on the men and women who serve in the armed forces.
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