BAE to supply escape windows for combat vehicles

BAE Systems received a contract modification for up to $70 (£45m) million to supply Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) Windows for new-production M1151 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV).

This contract raises the total number of orders for VEE Windows to more than 39,000, with more than 16,000 kits already shipped for M1114 and M1151 HMMWVs. 

In addition, BAE Systems is adapting the VEE Window technology to other tactical combat vehicles.

Work on the VEE Windows will begin immediately at BAE Systems and industrial partner facilities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Butler, Pennsylvania. The work is anticipated to be complete in March 2011.

The patent-pending VEE Window kit is part of BAE Systems’ readiness and sustainment capabilities that enable soldiers to quickly exit the vehicle in case of an emergency. 

In separate news, BAE Systems has announced that it is to acquire L-1 Identity Solutions’ Intelligence Services group for $295.8m.

Intelligence Services is made up of Spectal, Advanced Concepts and McClendon.

Spectal, Advanced Concepts and McClendon are suppliers to the US intelligence and defence communities, and are expected to complement BAE Systems’ growing intelligence and security sector.