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BAE to deliver escape kits for Army M1151s

MINNEAPOLIS, July 28 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has contracted BAE Systems for its emergency window escape technologies for installation on M1151 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles.

British company BAE was awarded an order by the Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command. As part of the estimated $42 million order, BAE's facilities in Minnesota and Pennsylvania will deliver 5,325 Vehicle Emergency Escape Window kits for integration into M1151 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles.

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The contract is part of an effort by TACOM to increase the safety of the M1151 vehicles for emergency situations, such as a rollover or an accident, troops may face.

"The Vehicle Emergency Escape Window features simple, life-saving technology, which enables soldiers to evacuate from a vehicle emergency in seconds and is a proven, valuable safeguard for our troops," Mark Signorelli, BAE Systems vice president and general manager of New Vehicles and Amphibious Systems, said in a statement.

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