BAE Systems has received two orders valued at $55.7m from the US Army and Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for advanced infantry fighting gear and equipment.

The order is for the production of modular lightweight load-carrying equipment (MOLLE) core rifleman sets, ruck sets and components.

MOLLE is the primary field equipment system for the US Army and each set incorporates a load-bearing vest, pockets, backpacks and a hydration system. The MOLLE system is a highly adaptable platform that enables soldiers to carry equipment and supplies critical to their mission.

Vice president of personnel protection systems for Bae Systems, Joe Coltman said that the equipment was proven to boost soldier performance.

“The MOLLE system’s adjustable design allows it to be scaled for specific operational environments which contribute to the overall performance and effectiveness of the individual,” said Coltman.

The $35.7m DLA order is part of a $374m multi-year contract awarded to BAE Systems in June 2008. To date, approximately $128.4m of that contract has been obligated.

Production for both orders will be completed at facilities located in Arizona, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Tennessee with deliveries scheduled for completion by July 2009 and March 2010 respectively.

By Daniel Garrun.