MTP Airborne Webbing, in this article we are going to explore the origins or Airborne webbing itself and why it’s called Airborne Webbing, and for those of you who are bored will provide an article outlining what goes in it and what significant advantages it gives over the issued PLCE and also other load carriage itself, now some companies like Dragon Supplies might claim their’s is “the original and best”, but that isn’t quite simply the case, it isn’t clear where the name Airborne Webbing came from but it certainly isn’t from there, but the name of Airborne Webbing has more or less become a byword for Pouches being stitched on to a very comfortable belt (usually padded one way or another) to promote stability and comfort, and Airborne Webbing coming from most retailers and manufacturers are compatible with PLCE yoke.
Back in those days when PLCE was introduced i.e pouches fitted onto a belt with T-bar fittings etc and using a 6 point harness there were ways sought to make it alot more comfortable, the standard loadout recruits in Phase 1 training and Infantry at CIC on their course basically was 2 ammo pouches, 1 water bottle, 1 utility and an entrenching tool, of course people whom weren’t Infantry or had better ideas replaced the entrenching tool with another utility pouch, not a bad idea, but when these are filled to the brim with your kit it was usually a case of bungeeing them all together with yes that’s right, bungee cord!
This brings us to the use of Hippo pads, which was basically a 3rd party accessory usually purchased privately to add a layer between your body and the belt kit and yes it certainly did make life more comfortable, padded and also made the belt kit close fitting.
Think of a belt, pouches and hippo pads all combined together into a hybrid all-in-one solution and you have MTP Airborne Webbing, basically the pouches and stitched onto a hippo style pad with the D-rings for the yoke being stitched onto the belt itself rather than the pouches and also the belt size already being pre-determined i.e the size you need is according to the number of utility pouches.
Why I shouldn’t buy MTP Airborne Webbing?
- One easy answer; it’s expensive (from most companies unlike us😊) and unlike other issued military kit can’t be handed into your storeman, it’s a case of bring your cheque book if it breaks, and hence this is the reason we are also now offering a lifetime guarentee warranty repair or replace, we’ll also be offering a 60 day money back guarentee due to be implemented so you can assess the quality yourself.
Why I should buy MTP Airborne Webbing?
- Very easy, it’s ready to use immediately, no need to buy all those typical PLCE style pouches, hippo pad and belt seperately and fix it all up, you just take one of the shelf according to your size and ours comes with a yoke so it’s a complete kit
- Our webbing sets are made from military grade 1000D fabric and satisfies stringent MOD demands like being infra-red resistant, strong, water resistant and having a durable water repellant finish and that includes the yokes we include as well
- It’s MTP compatible, and not just in the colour, the fabric itself comes from MOD approved manufacturers and meets the standards, more of that in a later article, it easily blends along with your kit.
- Lifetime Warranty: Repair or replace – For webbing needing a repair send it back to us for a free repair or if that’s not available a free replacement
- 60 day money back guarentee
- Reasonably priced – We continually examine other retailers and look at the price trends, frankly some of it is ridiculous, and yes it can be good kit but with a lifetime guarentee already included why pay more than you have to?
What goes in it?
A silly question for those whom are already Armed Forces but for those whom are so intrigued here we go from left to right, so it’s basically a load carriage system for carrying everything you need to survive for 24 hours or 48 at a pinch, for those whom aren’t soldiers and want to know this is an essential item and always will be worn and even when sleeping kept within arms sleep, if you wander off without it during even exercise for a piss and get caught expect press ups (LOTS!); your weapon, helmet and belt kit are always with you or at arms reach, even when in a safe zone or harbour area (i.e field encampment)
So here is what usually will go in it according to standard load outs during training:
- Ammo Pouches (Left): Ammunition, obviously your 30 round magazines, 5.56mm STANAG as issued to those soldiers in the British Army, with the 5.56mm SA80A2 or SA80A3, each individual pouch will take 3 rounds comfortably so thats 6 in this one and with the other right hand pouch will take 12 magazines maximum, can also take grenades, cleaning kit, or other, during training and exercises you get issued 3 magazines and these will go in one pouch and a cleaning kit will go in the other.
- Bayonet Frog: We don’t supply these but our belt kits can accept the issued PLCE or 3rd party MOLLE frogs, obviously the issued SA80 bayonet goes in here… with the appropriate scabbard with tools.
- 1st Utility Pouch: Waterbottle usually, this pouch contains basic ‘survival’ gear to keep you alive and functioning, if not actually that comfortable, for 24 hours. Contains waterbottle (obviously) with NBC cap, sitting in a metal mug (for heating water in). A space blanket is also handy, if not in your smock. Keep a pouched meal and/or brew kit, 2x hexi blocks and a lighter/matches, all wrapped up in a plastic bag (an MRE packet is ideal). We recommend the Crusader system from BCB which is a 6 part cooking system and is a NATO approved item.
- 2nd Utility Pouch: This pouch is for whatever you need at the time. Routinely keep your Gore-Tex smock, cam cream and snack meal from your rat pack in here, unless you need extra space for anything more relevant to the task you are actually doing. You could also keep a small First Aid Kit.
- 3rd Utility Pouch: Keep whatever you like in here or luxury items like a Jet Boil.
- Ammo Pouches (Right). More magazines or grenades. Grenades go in the right ammo pouch because most people will throw them right handed, mags go in the left pouch because you load left handed).
Your helmet aka lid can be kept attached to your webbing via a Karabiner which can be fitted to your yoke as shown when not being worn.
For those whom purchase the Advanced Airborne Webbing the right hand ammo pouch is instead known as the Commanders Pouch and is instead basically a larger pouch which can be converted toa right hand ammo pouch on the fly or by keeping the flaps velcoed down inside can be used for other items or belted ammunition such as that used in the GPMG and LMG or other mission critical items.