Note there are no Pull The Dot fasteners, simply just a loop back of the webbing molle strap material.
Notice on the yoke all 6 attachment straps are the same thickness whereas on traditional PLCE yokes the bottom two are thinner webbing. The label reads simply: 'YOKE, Name, No.'
close up of female buckle on the utility pouches
The female buckle is removable, I don't know if this is the specific reason for this but a logical one is that by making this clip removable troops would easily be able to replace broken ones? If you notice neither of the clips are sewn down allowing for easy removal. in my experience more often that not if a buckle breaks the item is just disposed of rather than repaired.
just a close up of the molle strapping on the hip pad. I wonder why the top line is green? its a thicker weave than the other two strips of webbing, and MY GOODNESS is it tough to attach the pouches through! Made me work up a sweat!
An evolution of utility pouches, it appears that the head shed opted for an 'if it isnt broken, dont fix it' policy on this one!
If anyone wants any further pics or details please just ask!