Marines contract for turret gun shields

Feb. 11, 2010 at 2:46 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Marine Corps has modified a contract with BAE Systems for the delivery of turret gun shield systems to help protect troops in urban combat zones.

British company BAE was awarded the contract to provide the Marine Corps with 1,197 of its Transparent Armored Gun Shield Turret Assemblies. The turret gun shields, configured with several military vehicles including the Bradley, M1 Abrams and M113, help protect troops from ballistic threats.

Work on the $10.7 million contract will take place at BAE's California, Pennsylvania and Ohio facilities.

"BAE Systems' Marine Corps Transparent Armored Gun Shield Turret Assemblies enable direct vision, situational awareness and target acquisition for vehicle gunners, commanders, and drivers while under armor protection," Mark Signorelli, BAE Systems New Vehicles and Amphibious Systems vice president, said in a statement.

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