Monday, June 1, 2015

SPEAR Equipment Load Carrying Subsystem (ELCS) SPEAR / ELCS

The SPEAR Equipment Load Carrying System (ELCS) is a modular pocketing and harness system allows mission tailoring of load and system configuration. The ELCS is compatible with the SPEAR Body Armor Load Carriage System (BALCS) , and the Backpack (UM21) subsystem, and provides optimum compatibility with individual equipment and weapons.
This complete set cost the government $1,986 (My source is the FY 2008 Supplemental Defense-Wide Appropriation, USSOCOM)


Platform Components, which pouches and accessories attach to, or which support the items which accept pouches.
  • Belt Assembly
  • Shoulder Pad Assembly
  • H-Harness Panel Set (1 Left, 1 Right)
  • Load Bearing Panel Set (1 Left, 1 Right)
  • Pouches/Accessories, which are designed to attach to platform components and carry a specific item or items.

The design of the ELCS is such to allow mission tailoring of not only the equipment to be carried but also the platform on which it is carries. This is accomplished by providing maximum modularity in both the pouch attachment method, and also the variety of available configurations of the platform components.

The SPEAR ELCS is available in three types as follows:

a. Type I - Woodland Camouflage
b. Type II - Day Desert Camouflage (Three Colour Desert)
c. Type III - Black

Pouches and Accessories

The individual pouch and accessory components are attached to the platform components utilizing the Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS). This system attaches items through the "inter-weaving" of webbing between the item to be attached and the platform to which it is being attached. This provides a strong, stable attachment system to ensure the attached item remains securely in place. Provision has also been made which the system to allow further customizing providing ALICE Adaptor components. These items act as an interface piece allowing items with ALICE attachment or select commercial attachment systems to be securely carried on the ELCS.

Num. Basic Kit  NSN 

1 set Vest Panel (Left and Right)
1 set H-Harness Panel Set (Left , Right ) 1998 8465-01-F01-0327
1 Set Shoulder Pad Assembly (Left , Right) 8465-01-F01-0328
1 ea. Belt Assembly

Triple 30rd M4 Ammo Pouch w/ Frag
Multi-Purpose Grenade Pockets,Right

Triple 30rd M4 Ammo Pouch w/ Frag
Multi-Purpose Grenade Pockets,Left

1qt Canteen Cover 
1qt Canteen Cover Woodland
General Purpose Pouch Large 

General Purpose Pouch Small
General Purpose Pouch Small Wdld
2ea. ALICE Adaptor  8465-01-F01-0448
3ea.  Double 30rd M4 Ammo Pouch Wdld 8465-01-A12-9086
3ea.  Single 30rd M4 Ammo Pouch Wdld 8465-01-A12-9496

100rd SAW,M60 Ammo Pouch Wdld
2ea.  First Aid/Compass Pouch  
2ea.  2qt Canteen Cover  
2qt Canteen Cover Wdld
1set  Flotation Element Set 
(Left, Right & Rear) 

1 ea. Storge Organization Device 

Accessory Kit, M203 Option

4 ea.  Single 40mm Illumination Round Pouch
4 ea.  Single 40mm HE Round Pouch Wdld 8465-01-A12-9490
2 ea.  Double 40mm High Explosive Round Pouch
4 ea.  Quad 40mm High Explosive Round Pouch

Accessory Kit, Navy Option

2 ea.  Triple 20rd M14 Ammo Pouch Wdld 8465-01-F01-0318
2 ea.  Triple 30rd MP5 Ammo Pouch 8465-01-F01-0458
2 ea.  100rd SAW Ammo Pouch


Multi Purpose Grenade Pouch 

Triple 30rd M4 Ammo Pouch
with Frag Grenade Pocket 

5rd Shotgun Ammo Pouch 

Smoke Grenade Pouch 

200rd M249 Ammo Pouch 

Single 9mm Mag Pouch 

Medical Pouch 

Triple 30rd M4 Ammo Pouch with
Frag Grenade & Strobe Light Pockets

2 QT Canteen Pouch Woodland 


  • Equipment Load Carrying Subsystem ELCS ( Use and Care Manual )

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