BAE, Ibis, Invent VEE Quick-Escape Bulletproof Windows
$12.8M for more Improved VEE windshields. (Feb 9/11)
Up-armored Hummers are still the most common vehicles in front-line service with American forces. To date, however, soldiers have reported problems getting doors open or getting out of the vehicle after land mine blasts, or during accidents that involve water. Lives have been lost, and the problem has spawned ingenious solutions like 10th Mountain Division’s door-ripping “Rat Claw” that saved Lt. Col. Michael Infanti in Iraq.
BAE’s VEE Window is a simple technology that allows crews inside a HMMWV to remove the ballistic windshields in less than 5 seconds and escape during an emergency, such as a rollover or accident. A crew member who can move freely simply pulls out the locking pins, turns the 2 latches, and pushes the window out. Since the window is otherwise normal, the VEE Window meets current windows’ ballistic properties, and was approved for the M1114 HMMWV following a series of Army performance and safety tests at Aberdeen Test Center in the summer of 2007. Orders have followed.
Unless otherwise specified, BAE System Land & Armaments in Minneapolis, MN is the contractor, with contracts managed by the US Army Tank and Automotive Command (TACOM) Contracting Center in Warren, MI. Mention of AM General refers to the Humvee’s manufacturer, to whom BAE may be considered a subcontractor. Speaking of which, BAE itself has partnered with Ibis Tek to design and make the VEE Windows since 2006.
Feb 9/11: AM General, LLC in South Bend, IN receives a $12.8 million firm-fixed-price contract for improved VEE windshield kits, as established by contract modifications P01990 and PZ2027. Work will be performed in Mishawaka, IN, with an estimated completion date of Oct 31/11. One bid was solicited with one bid received (DAAE07-01-C-S001).
Oct 4/10: AM General, LLC in South Bend, IN receives a $5.5 million firm-fixed-price contract finalizing an order for 6,408 Improved VEE windshields for the HMMWV “for P01769.” Work will be performed in Mishawaka, IN, with an estimated completion date of Feb 1/11. One bid was solicited with one bid received (DAAE07-01-C-S001).
Sept 20/10: BAE Systems announces a $70 million contract modification from AM General, to supply Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) Windows for new production M1151 Humvees. The modification raises the total number of orders for VEE Windows to more than 39,000, with more than 16,000 kits already shipped for the up-armored M1114 and M1151 HMMWVs as part of the Army’s “Fragmentation Kit 7” upgrades. BAE adds that they are working on adapting VEE Window technology to other tactical vehicles.
BAE Systems was awarded the unmodified VEE contract from AM General in August 2009. Work will begin immediately at BAE Systems and industrial partner facilities in Minneapolis, MN and Butler, PA, and is expected to be complete in March 2011.
July 27/09: AM General in South Bend, IN received a $27.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of 7,178 improved VEE windshield kits for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs). Work is to be performed in South Bend, IN with an estimated completion date of Dec 31/09. One bid solicited with one bid received (DAAE07-01-C-S001).
July 15/09: A $21 million firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of 5,325 improved VEE windshield kits for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs). Work is to be performed in Minneapolis, MN with an estimated completion date of March 30/10. One bid was solicited, with one bid received (W56HZV-09-C-0524).
Feb 23/09: A $22.4 million firm-fixed-price contract to buy 5,685 Improved Vehicle Emergency Escape (IVEE) Windshield Kits for the M1151 up-armored HMMWV. Work is to be performed at Minneapolis, MN, with an estimated completion date of Dec 31/09. One bid was solicited and one bid received (W56HZV-09-C-0322).
Nov 5/08: A $17.1 million firm-fee contract for 4,702 vehicle emergency egress windshield kits, to equip the USA’s M1151 Hummers. Work will be performed in Minneapolis, MN, with an estimated completion date of Oct 22/09. One bid was solicited and one bid was received (W56HZV-08-C-0353).
April 29/08: BAE Systems announces a $25 million order for 2,354 Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) window kits and 2,000 spare window panels to the U.S. Army’s Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), for use on up-armored M1151 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV).
The latest order is projected to start the pipeline of follow-on orders to fit the thousands of M1151 vehicles in combat. VEE windows will be delivered to the Army from June 2008 until the end of 2008.
Aug 29/07: BAE Systems announces a $12.5 million contract to provide 1,000 Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) Window kits, plus 2,000 spare VEE Window panels, to the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) for use on the up-armored M1114 HMMWV. The VEE Window kits will be delivered to Army personnel in November 2007, and will be installed by unit maintenance personnel in theater. BAE Systems release adds that they are exploring VEE Window applications for other tactical and armored vehicles, including M1151/1152 HMMWVs, the Army’s FMTV medium trucks, the U.S. Marine Corps’ MTVR medium trucks, and vehicles in the MRAP program (which includes BAE Systems’ RG-33s and Caiman vehicles).
- BAE Systems – VEE Windows mini-site