USMC Trucks Begin to Get Proper Gunshields
We’ve gone on about the importance of proper gunshields in combat zones before, in order to forestall preventable deaths and improve situational awareness. Change is coming. Now US Marines Regimental Combat Team 5′s seven-ton MTVR trucks have received new turrets called Marine Corps Armored Turret Systems. They are the first members of a larger upgrade program that will give gunners greater visibility and beefed-up protection for convoy operations.
U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Adam Lyttle noted that “The most noticeable change is the ballistic glass,” which replaces the steel plates used in many previous turrets, and allows Marines to scan from side to side without having to expose themselves to fire. Similar features were already in use and being specified for M113s in theater. The MCATS also offer the Marines higher turrets, more space for weapons and gear, and an easier traverse. See full Defend America article.