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Marines Order Armoured Gun Shield Turrets for protection from small arms fire and shrapnel

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BAE Systems (Land And Armaments)
: 12 February, 2010  (Application Story)
Gun Shield Kits to be fitted to a variety of vehicles operated by the US Marines to provide improved protection from small arms fire
BAE Systems has received a $10.7 million delivery order to provide 1,197 Marine Corps Transparent Armoured Gun Shield (MCTAGS) Turret Assemblies. The Turret Assemblies facilitate the mounting and operation of the MCTAGS, which are used to protect service members in close urban environments.

This delivery order is a modification to a previously awarded contract to provide MCTAGS Turret Assemblies, and accessory kits to the USMC over a three-year period. This modification brings the total amount awarded to date to $85 million.

“BAE Systems’ MCTAGS enable direct vision, situational awareness and target acquisition for vehicle gunners, commanders, and drivers while under armor protection,” said Mark Signorelli, vice president of New Vehicles and Amphibious Systems for BAE Systems. “To date, more than 6,000 MCTAGS kits have been installed on various military vehicles to provide added protection for the men and women in uniform.”

The MCTAGS kits are compatible with various gun mounts and protection is provided from direct small arms fire and IED fragments. Both products are installed at the unit level and use existing mounting provisions.

Work under the delivery order will begin immediately at BAE Systems facilities in York, Pennsylvania, Santa Clara, California and Fairfield, Ohio and is expected to be complete in June 2010. The contract is managed by the Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM).

BAE Systems’ TAGS units have been configured for a wide range of vehicles, including Bradley, M1 Abrams, M113, HMMWV, Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement, Logistics Vehicle System, Assault Amphibious Vehicle – Personnel and for the Stryker Common Ballistic Shield.

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