5 Reasons Why Armored Vehicles Need Gun Ports

Dec 28, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Michael Witt

Armored Vehicle

Armored vehicles are a vital component of military and law enforcement operations, protecting personnel and equipment in the field. A critical feature of these vehicles is the inclusion of gun ports, which serve several vital purposes. Gun ports are an essential feature of armored vehicles, providing a clear field of view, blast and ballistic protection, increased survivability and lethality, rapid deployability, and low cost and maintenance. These features help make armored vehicles an invaluable tool for operations around the world.

Clear Field of View

First and foremost, gun ports allow the vehicle's occupants to have a clear field of view without exposing themselves to enemy fire. This is especially important in close-quarter environments, where enemies may lurk around corners or hide in buildings. Using gun ports, the occupants of the vehicle can engage threats without exposing themselves to danger, which is crucial for their survival in combat. Additionally, having a clear field of view through the gun ports will allow occupants to maintain situational awareness and make informed decisions about how to respond to threats.

Blast & Ballistic Protection

Gun ports also offer blast and ballistic protection to the occupants of the vehicle, which is especially important in areas where the vehicle may be targeted by explosive devices or small arms fire. By using gun ports, the occupants of the vehicle can take cover behind the armored walls of the vehicle while still being able to engage threats. Additionally, the use of gun ports can help mitigate the effects of explosive devices or small arms fire by redirecting the energy of the blast or the trajectory of the bullets away from the occupants of the vehicle. This can further increase the vehicle's and its occupants' effectiveness in high-threat environments.

Increased Survivability & Lethality

Another benefit of gun ports is that they increase the survivability and lethality of the vehicle and its occupants. In a firefight, the ability to return fire is essential to success. Gun ports allow the occupants of the vehicle to engage threats while still being protected by the armor of the vehicle. This can give them a significant advantage in combat situations.

Rapid Deployment

Gun ports are also highly deployable, allowing the vehicle to be rapidly moved into position to engage threats. This is especially important in fast-moving or fluid combat situations, where the ability to respond quickly can be the difference between success and failure. The ability to deploy the vehicle quickly allows it to respond to changing threats or to support other units in need of assistance. The speed and flexibility provided by gun ports make them an essential tool for military and law enforcement operations in dynamic or uncertain environments.

Low Cost & Low Maintenance

Finally, gun ports are relatively low cost and low maintenance. This makes them an attractive option for military and law enforcement agencies, as they can be easily added to a wide range of vehicles, including trucks, jeeps, armored personnel carriers, and tanks. The low cost of gun ports is especially appealing for agencies that are operating on a tight budget, as it allows them to equip their vehicles with this important feature without breaking the bank. Additionally, gun ports are relatively easy to install and maintain, reducing ownership costs.

Contact Kontek Industries

Kontek’s GP3-M turret-port weapon engagement system gives the operator industry-leading ballistic and blast protection. The GP3-M provides a clear field of view while allowing the operator to fire from complete protection without exposure to the enemy. This product is ideal for integration into guard booths and barricades as well as ballistic walls, doors, windows, and armored vehicles. It can provide up to .50 cal AP protection and is designed to match the blast and ballistic protection associated with the rest of the structure.

The modular ballistic glass replacement cartridge systems allow for rapid deployment. The viewing window fits into all existing Kontek weapons ports and retrofits into non-Kontek weapons ports through various mounting methods. The adapter allows the use of training equipment through the GP3-M Turret Port.

Contact the office at Kontek Industries today to discuss your needs for gun ports and weapon systems solutions.

Michael Witt

Published by Michael Witt

Michael Witt is the Director of Sales & Marketing at Kontek Industries. Michael is responsible for coordinating and executing sales strategies and marketing campaigns for the company. Prior to joining Kontek Industries, Michael was the Vice President of Sales of a U.S.-based physical security and surveillance company, where he managed a sales team supporting global security companies, the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, law enforcement agencies, and various defense groups across the world. Michael Witt served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 – 2010 and conducted combat operations in Afghanistan on multiple deployments. Michael has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner Webb University.