Bulletproof Automobiles
Is there really such a thing as a bulletproof car?
In response to the perceived threats from various criminal or political origins, the need for armor in vehicles has been steadily on the rise and the way upfitters have responded to these requirements has become a much more sophisticated process. The loosely used term of bulletproof cars or automobiles is no longer used by the industry since bulletproof is in itself a misnomer - there is no such thing in general terms. The more accurately used armored vehicle or armored car generally refers to a vehicle, either commercial or passenger, which has been upfitted with a bullet-resistant or fragment-resistant material.

Standards for Armor Materials

Responsible upfitters will provide materials that have been properly certified by such recognized agencies as Underwriter’s Laboratories, National Institute of Justice, SECOFI (Mexico), or other international standards testing agencies. Each of these agencies usually will be recognized and their standards adhered to. Most reputable armoring services providers will also have general liability insurance which provides products hazard insurance in the event of failure of the armor systems. It must be pointed out that to meet the underwriting requirements of most insurance companies these materials must be certified and installed under very strict quality assurance guidelines.

Who drives armored vehicles?
Armored vehicles can be utilized by heads of state, government officials, private and corporate individuals, and their selection is usually confined to armored passenger sedans, sport utilities, limousines or other models of their choice. Although well built armored vehicles cannot be absolutely bulletproof, as the popular culture thinks of bulletproof, they are most certainly extremely bullet resistant.

Money Carriers
Specialty and commercial vehicle applications will include armored money transports, cash in transit, valuables transport or other similar uses, usually installed on van or truck type chassis. The term armored cars has usually been used for the larger type money transport vehicles with large available payloads, such as Brinks, or Wells Fargo operators.

Different levels of armor are required to meet the various threats and can also vary with the region in which the armor is used.

Levels of Protection


II.357 Mag.
158 Grain SP
1450 FPS
.9mm, 124 Grain FMJ
1120 FPS Transparent Areas:
Polycarbonate/glass Laminate (6.5 Psf)
Opaque Areas:
Laterals - "Armorax® Pac50"
Floor - Fragmentation Blanket
Fuel Tank - "Fragmentation Blanket"
Battery - Ballistic Steel (5 Sides)

III.44 Mag.
240 Grain L
1470 FPS
.9mm
124 Grain FMJ
1120 FPS Transparent Areas:
Polycarbonate/glass Laminate (7.94 Psf)
Opaque Areas:
Laterals - "Armorax® Pac 100"
Floor - Fragmentation Blanket
Fuel Tank - "Fragmentation Blanket"
Battery - Ballistic Steel ( 5 Sides)

IVAK-47
150 Grain SC
2430 FPS Transparent Areas:
Polycarbonate/glass Laminate (13.7 Psf)
Opaque Areas:
Laterals - "Armorax® Pac 300"
Roof - Armorax » PAC 100
Floor - Fragmentation Blanket
Fuel Tank - "Fragmentation Blanket"
Battery - Ballistic Steel (5 Sides)

VNATO
147 Grain M80 Ball
2775 FPS
30-06 Rifle
220 Grain SP
2410 FPS Transparent Areas:
Polycarbonate/glass Laminate (17.2 Psf)
Opaque Areas:
Laterals - "Armormax® Pac 500"
Roof - Armormax» PAC 100
Floor - Fragmentation Blanket
Fuel Tank - "Fragmentation Blanket"
Battery - Ballistic Steel (5 Sides)

VINATO AP
2000 FPS
7.62x51 NATO
"Tungsten Tip" AP Transparent Areas:
Polycarbonate/glass Laminate (22.6 Psf)
Opaque Areas:
Laterals - "Armormax® Pac 700"
Roof - Armormax» Pac 100
Floor - Fragmentation Blanket
Fuel Tank - "Fragmentation Blanket"

Battery - Ballistic Steel (5 Sides)
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