Scalable Plate Carrier
It is a lightweight plate carrier intended to supplement the Modular Tactical Vest. Key issues with the previous MTV, specifically ergonomics, have been remedied with the addition of new features such as adjustment buckles and improved padding on the shoulders. These new improvements are intended to make the vest much more comfortable to wear in comparison to the MTV. It resembles the Eagle Industries MBAV, and has staggered MOLLE webbing on the chest.
The SPC was fielded to combat units operating in the War in Afghanistan in 2008 as a lightweight alternative to the MTV, where it has proved popular due to the region's mountainous terrain. Marines now typically deploy with both the MTV and SPC, with commanders setting the requirements for which vest should be worn based on threat levels.
Improved Scalable Plate Carrier
The Improved Scalable Plate Carrier (ISPC) did not get many modifications.
- PEO Soldier (15 October 2009). "Army looks to lighten load for Soldiers in Afghanistan". Retrieved 13 January 2011.
- Dan Lamothe (13 January 2010). "Corps: New body armor more comfortable". Gannett Government Media Corporation. Retrieved 13 January 2011.