Thursday, July 6, 2017

British Army PLCE MTP Webbing System









The PLCE webbing system is produced from double-layered 1000 Denier internally rubberised Cordura Nylon, a long lasting and hard wearing fabric. Olive (OD/OG) webbing of the same material (1000 D) is being incorporated, along with a variety of hard wearing plastic fasteners (ITW Nexus), Hook and loop fasteners (Velcro) and anti-magnetic press stud fasteners (Pull the Dot).


The pouches are opened and closed with Spanish Tab fasteners, they can be closed in two different ways, quick release or secure. Small sections of Velcro, sewn on the inside of the lids of the pouches, and the top front section of the pouches, allow for easy and effortles fastening. Added silencer strips allow to cover them when not needed.


The standard issue accoutrement today, dependent upon the branch of service, was changed to the capacity of two front pouches (Pouch, Ammunition, Universal, DPM, IRR.) instead of one. To this, privately purchased water bottle or utility pouches and hip pads are often added. The entrenching tool pouch (Carrier, Entrenching Tool Case, DPM, IRR.) is sometimes used as an alternative water bottle pouch.


Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP) PLCE is replacing all Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM) PLCE as the core issued webbing equipment for the British Armed Forces, this program started in 2015.





Num Description  NSN
1x


Carrier Entrenching Tool
Case IRR
8465-99-856-4304
2x

1x

Carrier Water Canteen
MTP IRR
8465-99-937-5657
2x Pouch Ammonition
Universal MTP IRR
8465-99-902-5043
1x

1x

1x
Yoke Main MTP IRR
8465-99-551-7448
1x

2x
Strap Pouch Side Yoke

1x
Belt Waist Large
Light Olive IRR
8440-99-388-6524

Strap Utility 

1x
Frog Bayonet MTP IRR
8465-99-979-7964
1x
Rucksack and Frame (INF)
Long Convoulted Back
MTP IRR
8465-99-361-7307
1x
Rucksack and Frame (INF)
Short Convoulted Back
MTP IRR
8465-99-551-7438
1x
Pouch Medical IRR
First Aider Trauma Pack 
8465-99-551-7435
2x
Strap Webbing 

1x
Field Pack Air Support
8465-99-318-2041
1x
Pad Hip Protection
MTP IRR
8465-99-480-8376
1x
Rucksack (Other Arms)
MTP IRR
8465-99-362-6924
1x

Frog Wire Cutter
MTP IRR 
8465-99-299-9918

SHEATH MTP IRR
JUNGLE KNIFE  
8465-99-551-7442

Pouch Medical Side
Rucksack MTP IRR
8465-99-130-9326






















Order of Dress


The Infantry Trials and Development Unit (ITDU) based in Warminster, conducted trials with the PLCE webbing system. It had decided for the system to be fit for purpose, and divided the system into three orders of dress:

Assault Order.


The Assault Order consists of the very essentials needed to conduct a military task in the theatre of war. Ammunition, the water bottle, the entrenching tool, the bayonet, the helmet, and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) protective clothing (stowed in one of the detachable side pouches of the rucksack) is to be carried on operations and patrols of only short duration.

Combat Order.

The Combat Order is the Assault Order in addition to the means of stowage for rations and personal equipment, that enable the British soldier to live and fight for a period of 24 hours. The second side pouch of the rucksack is now carried. In practice, the patrol packs are used by many units and individual soldiers instead of the side pouches, as they are to be found larger in size and more convenient.

Marching Order.


The Marching Order is the Combat Order in addition to the carrying of the rucksack (Bergen) and is the fighting load required for operations of up to the duration of two weeks, without means of resupply, except for ammunition, rations and water. The complete Bergen (with side pouches attached) is being carried.








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