Patent Number: 7,823,498

Title: Vehicle protective structure

Abstract: A protective structure for a vehicle having an opening on an upper surface is provided. One embodiment of the invention has at least a partial enclosure around an area defined laterally by the vehicle opening with an overhead and side protective capability. An embodiment of the invention has an overhead cover that is formed to substantially enclose a top area of the enclosure and having multiple panels that may be locked into place or opened by an occupant for exit through a top area of the enclosure. The multiple panels in this embodiment extend upwardly and inwardly from a section of the enclosure's side walls. Ballistic windows are provided on the protective structure such that an occupant can view laterally and vertically through the enclosure and overhead cover. A shield or protective plate can be mounted on one side of the enclosure.

Inventors: Schneider; John (Huntingburg, IN), Brown; Christopher (Bloomington, IN), Cromwell; Robin (Mitchell, IN), Lowe; Donald (San Antonio, TX)

Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy

International Classification: F41H 7/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-02 0:00:00