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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Army has ordered 1,000 kits for new windows that would allow troops to get out of Humvees quickly in an emergency, according to BAE Systems.

The Vehicle Emergency Escape windows have a handle that troops can turn to unlock and pop them out in about five seconds, the company Web site says.

The windows particularly come in handy when Humvees overturn or become submerged, said BAE Systems spokesman Ryan May.

Up-armored Humvees are “a little top-heavy,” so they have a tendency to tip over, May explained.

With the new windows, troops can get out of an overturned Humvee in about a minute, he said.

The alternative in such situations is to rip off a Humvee door, which can weigh 500 pounds.

He said the company expects to deliver the windows to the Army in early November.

May could not say when they are expected to arrive downrange.

BAE Systems is very excited about these new windows, May said.

“It’s not very often that you get to invent something that is so applicable to saving troops’ lives on the battlefield,” he said.

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