Originally Posted by Retrogrouch
Sorry, I don,t mean to hijack this tread, but apart from integrating load bearing and body armour, is their another reason that military's seem the have mover away from tradional load bearing equipment, like web gear? Please read this as a question, and not a statement. I would like to hear what people have to say. I have seen companies like 5.11, putting out battle belts with suspenders, that look like a mole update of tradional load bearing. The chest rig makes sťance to me if you are in and out of a vehicle, but if you are a lowly ground pounder, isn't it best to keep your gear closer to your center of gravity, and out of your "work zone?
The evolving nature of warfare that we face in today's highly liquid combat situations, against an irregular armed force, calls for a higher degree of modularity to the equipment soldiers are issued. Couple this to the diverse set of operational situations that soldiers are required to respond to in the operational environment.
This has been the driver behind most of the technical revolutions in LBE and LBE integrated body armor. We must also look at the high cost of training a soldier and keeping them in the field. This is an investment.
Another reason forces are moving away from the traditional LBE around the waist is the reliance on vehicles.
It is difficult to sit in a seat with pouches on your back around your waist.