BAE Systems has received $12.5m to provide 1000 Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) window kits plus 2,000 spare VEE window panels to the US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM). The kits will be used on the armoured M1114 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV).
‘The VEE window is a cost-effective, life-saving tool for enhancing the safety of crews riding in up-armoured vehicles in dangerous combat zones where rollovers and accidents are a significant threat.’ said Dennis Morris, president, BAE Systems, Armament Systems.
The VEE window is said to be a simple technology developed by BAE Systems that allows crews of the HMMWVs to remove the ballistic windshields in less than five seconds and exit the vehicle during an emergency. The VEE window meets current M1114 ballistic properties and will be installed by unit maintenance personnel in theatre.
The VEE window was approved for the M1114 HMMWV following a series of performance and safety tests conducted this summer by the army at its
BAE Systems says it is exploring VEE window applications for other tactical and armoured vehicles, including M1151/1152 HMMWVs, the army’s family of medium tactical vehicles, and the US Marine Corps’ Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement and Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle programs.