21 Apr '17, 12am

Marine Corps packs are failing in the Arctic

Marines training in the Arctic region of Norway last year reported that many of the Corps’ standard-issue FILBE pack frames were cracking and breaking because of the intense cold and harsh winter environment. The cold weather-related problems have caught the Corps by surprise and could stall plans to next year issue new ruck frames for all Marines. The failure of the hard plastic frames also calls into question U.S. preparedness for Arctic operations against adversaries like Russia and China, and whether officials in the Marine Corps had properly vetted the equipment for cold weather operations. “We are aware of the issue and we are actively working on it,” said Capt. Jolanta Krempin, a program officer at Marine Corps Systems Command, which oversees the development and fielding of warfighting equipment. The problems first emerged in after-action reports filed by Marines wh...

Full article: https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/articles/marines-norway-...

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