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Safety Features on MRAP Designed by Northland Man

Updated: 06/19/2014 10:39 PM
Created: 06/19/2014 4:38 PM WDIO.com

A former Duluth man who's returned to the Northland after years away, spent time making a military vehicle more safe.

Gary Antonich worked for defense contractor BAE for almost a dozen years. During that time, he spent several years on the Vehicle Emergency Escape (VEE) window program. 

He holds two patents on designs he created, that make the windows easier to escape from.

Gary showed us his work on Superior's new MRAP, which is short for mine resistant ambush protection.

He designed a latch system that can get a soldier out of the front of the MRAP in less than 15 seconds.

He also designed a part of the windshield wiper that means it won't get in the way as the soldier is trying to get through the window.

Gary was honored with an Inventors Challenge Award when he worked at BAE, in the survivability category.

"It's always nice to be recognized. But the real reward was helping save lives," Antonich said.

He showed us a picture of a cover plate that a servicemen sent back to BAE. It says, "This truck saved my life and five others."

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