Humvee Gunner Protection Kit (GPK)

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The GPK improves the protection of the gunner, with taller armoring and transparent shields offering enhanced visibility of the surrounding area. The new GPK adds 40 cm (16 in.) of armor to existing GPK to cover the gunner in a stand-up position. The transparent armor is compatible with modern optronic sights and night vision devices. The kit uses existing interface points to accommodate a variable range of weapons, including M2, M240, M249 and Mk-19 weapons.

The Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center at Picatinny has designed a new armor shield that improves the protection for HMMWV gunners in combat situations. The system includes a combination of steel, transparent armor windows and rear-view mirrors configured to provide protection against rifle fire and IED blasts, allowing the gunner to maintain a protected posture while performing mission objective with full visibility through the windows. The system was transformed from conceptual design models to full-scale production in just six months. With over 2,500 of the systems fielded, O-GPK is currently in mass production at the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. The plant is expected to ship 7,500 kits by July 2007 and 20,000 by 2008.
The Objective GPK in this configuration is currently shipping to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The GPK improves the protection of the gunner, with taller armoring and transparent shields offering enhanced visibility of the surrounding area. The new GPK adds 40 cm (16 in.) of armor to existing GPK to cover the gunner in a stand-up position. The transparent armor is compatible with modern optronic sights and night vision devices. The kit uses existing interface points to accommodate a variable range of weapons, including M2, M240, M249 and Mk-19 weapons.

 


 

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