Ford Police Interceptors Now Protect Against Armor-Piercing Rifle Ammo

Ford claims to be the first automaker in the States to offer Type IV ballistic protection on its factory-equipped Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicles.

Type IV means that it complies with the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) National institute of Justice standard as described below:

Type IV hard armor or plate inserts shall be tested in a conditioned state with .30 caliber armor piercing (AP) bullets (U.S. Military designation M2 AP) with a specified mass of 10.8 g (166 gr) and a velocity of 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s (2880 ft/s ± 30 ft/s)“, wrote the department.

While the number of shootouts between criminals using armor-piercing rifle ammunition and police is low, they are (unfortunately) becoming more common: “Officers globally told us they needed protection from armor piercing ammunition and we added increased ballistic protection to an already great product – that’s continuous innovation“, commented Ford Police Interceptors chief engineer, Arie Groeneveld.

The manufacturer is offering the Type IV panels as an additional option to the existing ballistic panel protection. Optional Type III ballistic panels are already “on the job” in agencies across the United States and they can protect against all handgun and non-armor piercing bullets of up to .30 caliber.

Panels are available in addition to a long list of features that protect officers, including the safety cell construction to air structural integrity, which, in the event of a crash, helps absorb energy and direct impact forces away from the occupants. Contributing to the vehicles’ strength are special materials such as boron steel, advanced plastics and aluminum.

Interceptors also benefit from a long list of other features like the police-tuned suspension systems and brakes, steel wheels, unique interiors and a 75 mph (120 km/h) rear crash test rating.

PHOTO GALLERY

VIDEO

This Mercedes Driver In New Jersey Parked On Top Of A Toyota

According to the Maywood Police Department, the Merc driver pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Strange Rover: Honda Element Owner Loves British Luxury SUV’s… Badges

This boxy Honda SUV gets some original logos, funny-looking dual exhausts – and that’s all.

Today’s AI Quiz: Do Robot Dogs Dream Of Hauling Box Trucks?

Apparently, Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robots are looking to steal jobs from sled dogs too.

Dodge Challenger Gets Acquainted With The Liberty Walk Ethos

Wide body kits are Liberty Walk’s specialty, and this one seems to suit the Challenged just fine.

Fancy A “Cheap” Rolls-Royce? This Phantom Drophead Coupe Might Be The One

The highest bid for this one-owner Phantom Drophead Coupe currently sits at under $100k.

Ask Us Anything About The 2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Edition

Lexus has handed over the keys to a 2018 RC F – so what would you like to know about it?.

We’d Love To See Tesla’s “Blade Runner” Pickup Look Like This

The Tesla pickup will offer seating for six people and a maximum range of up to 500 miles.

2020 Mercedes GLS Vs. 2019 BMW X7: Which Side Are You On?

Mercedes’ answer to the first-ever BMW X7 is a completely redesigned version of its GLS luxury SUV.

Ford Fiesta Drives Through Red Light, Stops Into Pickup Truck

After missing a Jeep, the Fiesta collided with a pickup truck, though luckily no one was injured.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Takes A Ride To The Dark Wald Side

Wald International has given the latest Phantom a Black Bison body kit and 24-inch wheels.