U.S. Army Equipment

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In addition to all the weapons employed by the U.S. Army, U.S. Soldiers are also equipped with many other types of gear and equipment. Some of these items are standard issue, others are issued on a mission-by-mission basis. Since the ENEMY will vary from region to region, so will their equipment. There are no references to ENEMY equipment and gear in this manual.


Modular Lightweight Load-bearing Equipment (MOLLE)

Specifications

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MOLLE stands for “Modular Lightweight Load-bearing Equipment.” It is the current standard issue load-bearing system in use by the regular U.S. Army. It allows a Soldier to customize their load out according to their needs. The heart of the MOLLE system is the MOLLE vest. It is worn by all members of the squad, but each Soldier class will have a different configuration. Riflemen, for example, only have magazine pouches, while automatic riflemen have large pouches to hold the 200-round ammo boxes for their SAW. Grenadiers have 40mm grenade pouches on their chest, in addition to their magazine pouches for their M16. The MOLLE vest also accommodates the attachment of a butt pack, and 2 canteens.


Other load-bearing equipment are also portrayed in America’s Army and may be seen on other classes of soldiers when operating in other environments. Other vests include: the LBV (Load Bearing Vest), and ALICE (All-purpose, Lightweight, Individual Carrying Equipment) compatible gear. Different kinds of vests have no effect in America’s Army.

Interceptor Armor

Specifications

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The new Interceptor Armor is now the standard issue Kevlar vest worn by all front line U.S. Army troops. It replaces the older PASGT vest, which did not provide adequate protection from gunfire. The new armor in its standard configuration is resistant to 9mm rounds. If upgraded with the Small Arms Protection Inserts (SAPI), the vest becomes resistant to multiple hits from 7.62mm NATO ammunition (same as the rounds from the M24).

*NOTE: In America’s Army, body armor is considered, however do not reflect real life performance specifications due to gameplay concerns.

PASGT-Helmet

Specifications

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The PASGT (Personal Armor System Ground Troop) helmet is the standard issue helmet. It is designed primarily to protect a soldier's head from injury due to fragments. However, it does provide some protection from gunfire. The PASGT helmet can also mount night vision goggles when equipped with a mounting bracket.

AN/PVS-7D Night Vision Goggles (NVG)

Specifications

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The AN/PVS-7D night vision goggles (NVG) is a single tube, generation 3+ night vision system with simulated stereoscopic vision. It is mounted on the PASGT helmet via a bracket. It is used during low light conditions, and operates by amplifying existing light (starlight, moonlight) thousands of times. The AN/PVS-7 series also comes equipped with an infrared illuminator for zero light conditions. Additionally, it can be upgraded with a compass display and magnification lens.

Binoculars

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The binoculars are issued to squad and team leaders. These will be handed down through the chain of command if any of the leaders are eliminated. They provide 7x magnification, and come equipped with laser protection.

NOTE: Smaller versions of binoculars are available to other units in the game such as Rangers.

T-10C Parachute

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The T-10C parachute is the standard parachute used by the U.S. Army today. It is manufactured out of 1.1 oz rip stop MIL-C-7020 G type I nylon fabric. Additionally a T-10R reserve parachute is used as a backup to the T-10C.

Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES)

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The Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) provides the U.S. Army with the ability to simulate combat without using lethal bullets. In MILES training, coded laser beams are fired rather than bullets. MILES can be used with infantry, and armor. The coded laser beams assure that an M16 does not kill an M1 tank. The system uses eye-safe lasers to engage targets. When a player is being wounded, he will hear intermittent beeps from his MILES harness. If he is “killed”, the MILES system will report by sounding a long beep.

M4A1 SOPMOD Kit

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The Special Operations Peculiar MODification (SOPMOD) kit provides U.S. Special Forces with the ability to customize their M4A1. The heart of the system is the Rail Interface System (RIS). The RIS allows aiming devices (lasers, optical sights, and iron sights), M203A1 grenade launcher, flashlights, and fore grips to be attached. Descriptions of mods are on the following page.

M68 Aimpoint

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This sight has reduced peripheral vision, but a larger field of view. It is mounted on the top rail of the M4A1 and replaces the carrying handle. The sight uses a red dot configuration. The M68 has only 1X magnification; therefore it is primarily intended for short or medium ranged combat. Long-range engagement will require a scope with greater magnification.

Trijicon Reflex Sight

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The Trijicon ACOG Reflex Sight is intended for short range engagements. It is mounted on the top heat shield rail, forward of the carrying handle. The uses a radioactive element known as tritium as an illumination source for the sight. A red triangle or dot is projected onto the advanced true-color lens, allowing for clear and precise shooting at short ranges. Additionally, a fluorescent fiber light gathering system built into the sight automatically adjusts the brightness of the dot depending on ambient light available. Since this is a reflex sight both eyes can be used when aiming, allowing most of one's peripheral vision to be retained.

Trijicon 4X Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG)

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The Trijicon 4X Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight (ACOG) provides the M4A1 the ability to accurately engage targets at long ranges. This sight is essential in large open areas. This scope attaches to the main rail of the M4A1, replacing the carrying handle. The scope uses cross hairs as an aiming device, and also has backup iron sights built into the top of the gun in case of damage to the optics. These cross hairs are also illuminated by tritium, for low light visibility.


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