This is the official "issue" hydration system which the Army distributes to deploying units, in addition to the MOLLE Rifleman Set and other items in the RFI ensemble. There are two versions, an older "Storm" system and a newer one made by SDS. (ArmyProperty.com sells the newer SDS model, which is pictured above.)
Some units require their Soldiers to use this system, although many more are allowing the purchase of aftermarket hydration systems from Camelbak, Blackhawk, and other companies.
The MOLLE hydration system consists of three basic parts: A bladder, a bite valve, and a carrier, along with one extra part depending on the version. Here are the appropriate NSN's.
|"Storm" (Old)||SDS (New)|
|"Overall" System / Assembly NSN||8465-01-524-8396||8465-01-525-5531|
|1. Removable 100oz bladder||8465-01-465-2096||8465-01-519-2304|
|2. Carrier, foam-lined for insulation, with cordura outer shell and shoulder straps||8465-01-524-5232||8465-01-524-8362|
|3. Bite Valve||8465-01-472-5106||8465-01-519-2383|
|Extra parts (version specific)||8465-01-4499-9948 (Hydro-Link Conversion Kit)||8465-01-519-2385 (Drink Tube, Hydration System)|