In combat, the risks and imminent dangers our troops face are beyond numerous. For many of us, they are incomprehensible. However, is enough being done to prevent injuries and fatalities when possible? Frequently there are situations where our soldiers could have gotten out alive but did not.
RIX Industries has spoken to wounded warriors who have returned from battle and shared with us situations for which—had there been an emergency egress system—they would have gotten out in a safe and timely fashion. Oftentimes all that we hear back home from the media is that injuries or fatalities occurred and a combat vehicle was struck or rolled over. What we are not being told is that an emergency egress system could have prevented those tragedies and that such a system exists.
Recently, the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center’s (TARDEC’s) Ground Systems Survivability Group met with the industry to discuss future technologies to keep combat vehicle crews safe. Many thoughts, ideas, and goals were shared. But with current and future budget cuts looming, is this going to be a priority? We at RIX believe it has to be. The message was clear that both the end-user and the OEM ‘s want to see survivability increased.
Within the industry these days, when a new vehicle is enlisted, it does not necessarily come with an emergency egress system. The current requirements for emergency egress are simply a time limit for all occupants to egress. In most cases for cost savings reasons, a kick out windshield is utilized. Some companies have tried to answer this by making windshields that can be kicked out and climbed through; but a soldier in a Kevlar vest is severely challenged when attempting to fit through a windshield. This egress point is not conducive to increasing survivability.
At RIX, we make an emergency egress system with the direct feedback of soldiers and veterans charities in mind. We simply won’t stop until survivability is increased significantly. This is our motivation, and our drive as well as our promise to those who count on it.