Individual Integrated Fighting Systems (IIFS)

A military pack must help the soldier or marine perform his or her mission effectively with a minimum of interference or discomfort. The system must provide the land warrior enhanced tactical awareness, lethality and survivability. Such a pack must be convenient, light, sturdy, reasonably comfortable, capable of carrying a variety of necessary items, and made of materials that will withstand weather and abrasion. In World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War various backpacks were based on systems of suspenders and belts to which could be attached various items of equipment. Many variations were employed. Such systems might be summarized as one of the later versions, the traditional All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (ALICE) pack. During those earlier conflicts numerous shortcomings were noted for ALICE and other backpacks furnished to the fighting men. In 1988 a possible replacement built around the concept of a load-bearing vest labeled Individual Integrated Fighting System (IIFS). In more recent times this system has been enhanced to provide for such diverse needs as computers, radios, protective gear and ammunition. In modern combat being able to carry substantial amounts of ammunition while moving on the ground can be crucial. The IIFS can be configured for these numerous purposes and many others. Since 2007 the requirements for counter-insurgency have prompted additional improvements. The weight of the load-carrying vest has been reduced without sacrifice in strength or adaptability. The modularized system has been designed to provide for flexibility in attachments depending on the mission and the tasks associated with that mission. The individual wearing the pack is provided with the most modern means of knowing...