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BAE Systems Offers Emergency Escape Windows for Up-armored Vehicles

Category: Defence Industry

High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV)

BAE Systems is offering its Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) Window to help increase the survivability of soldiers and Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The U.S. military is exploring ways to help soldiers and Marines in combat zones rapidly escape from up-armored vehicles in the event of a vehicle emergency, such as a rollover, fire or accident. The VEE Window is a simple technology developed by BAE Systems engineers that allows crews of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) and other up-armored combat vehicles to quickly remove vehicle windows and transparent armor components in order to exit the vehicle during an emergency.

VEE Window is an affordable, practical tool that can increase survivability by providing soldiers or Marines another way to exit the vehicle.

VEE Window kits can be fielded to units in Iraq and Afghanistan within 90 days after a contract is issued. Kit installation can be performed in the field by Army and Marine maintenance personnel in approximately one hour.

The VEE Window is easy to use and install and is adaptable to virtually any tactical up-armored combat vehicle, such as the Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles or the Marine's Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement. The kit for the M1114 HMMWV consists of modified transparent armor assemblies, or bullet-proof windshields, with integral, fail-safe latch mechanisms. The kit provides the same level of ballistic protection as the current vehicle configuration but with the added latch feature allowing the soldier to rapidly escape during an emergency. The rotary latch mechanism has integral safety interlocks, is easy to operate and the process for releasing the window takes less than five seconds. In the event of a vehicle emergency, a crew member simply turns the two latches and pushes the window out allowing the crew to quickly climb out of the vehicle.

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