Soldier Plate Carrier System

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Soldier Plate Carrier System in MultiCam

The Soldier Plate Carrier System or SPCS is a lightweight ballistic vest developed for the U.S. Army as an alternative to the Improved Outer Tactical Vest.


It was first issued to the 10th Mountain and 101st Airborne Divisions and has started to be issued to soldiers in theater.[citation needed]


The SPCS is a lightweight vest featuring adjustable shoulder and side straps to ensure a proper fit and to keep the vest in place with minimal shifting during wear. Other features include padded shoulders, cable release, wrap-to-front design for a secure fit with easy donning, man-down drag strap, wire channel buttonholes, and Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) webbing for securing mission-essential equipment. The SPCS is compatible with the soldier’s basic fighting load, allowing carriage of essential equipment including M4/M16 magazines, a hydration system, squad radio, and night vision equipment, as well as comfortable, secure, and balanced wear of a day pack or rucksack.

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