“Today’s humvees are a lot better. Hopefully they’ll see the differences between what it was and what it is now.”
In addition to the armor upgrades, the mechanics are adding a new restraint system for the gunners operating heavy weaponry from the top hatch.
“The gunner restraint keeps the gunner from going outside the hatch should the vehicle rollover,” said Staff Sgt. Donald Crapper, light-wheeled vehicle mechanic, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.
“The gunner can still move around when he wants to,” he explained. “He’s not going to go outside the vehicle and get hurt for something senseless.”
“It’s more comfortable knowing that you’re not going to go outside the vehicle, Crapper noted. “You don’t have to hang on for dear life if the vehicle rolls over.”