PHOENIX, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army will receive more Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment gear from BAE Systems under two contracts worth more than $22 million.
The contracts include various MOLLE compatible items, including both large and medium rucksacks, pockets and pouches in the MultiCam pattern, as well as medium rucksacks and Tactical Assault Panels in universal camouflage.
The MOLLE contracts -- valued at $17.9 million and $4.2 million, respectively -- are delivery orders issued against an indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract awarded to BAE Systems in 2006.
The most recent awards bring the total, cumulative contract award value to approximately $199 million.
"MOLLE provides troops with a completely tailorable and modular system of rucks, pockets and pouches which are designed to improve readiness and efficiency," said Greg Kraak, director of U.S. Military Programs for BAE Systems' Personnel Protection Systems business.
"Soldiers deploying to Afghanistan will do so wearing the new Operation Enduring Freedom camouflage pattern. Also known as MultiCam, OCP provides soldiers with the ability to better conceal themselves in various environments, seasons, elevations and light conditions, aiding in their mission effectiveness and survivability."
BAE said production of the gear is taking place at its facilities in Kentucky and Pennsylvania.