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armored vehicles

Your desired car with additional armor

To play it safe, in combination with our contractual partners, we offer the possibility of equipping your desired vehicle with additional armor. Armor in any classification and functionality - in conjunction with almost all vehicle combinations.

Especially in this sector, the detailed consultation is most important because it comes to essential security features here. We guarantee you professional and expert advice.

Some history

Already in 1928, Mercedes-Benz offered the first armored vehicles. The first fully armored Mercedes was delivered in 1930 to the Japanese Emperor Hirohito. 

The classification

Armoured vehicles are divided into different resistance or fire classes. In this case, but not the resistance of the entire vehicle, but the resistance of the various materials used is determined.

The resistance classes are certified according to DIN and Euro standard after which firearms action resists the armor. For transparent materials (glass) EN applicable in 1063; EN 1522 and EN 1523 defining characteristics for opaque materials the remaining body parts. The certification of the vehicle in the respective resistance class in Germany through the Beschussamt in Ulm. The classes are from B1 to B7 for body parts and similarly with BR1 to BR7 for glazing.

Resistance class Caliber Shot distance Impact speed Weapon type
B1 .22 LR 10 Meter 360 m/sec Short weapon
B2 9 mm Parabellum 5 Meter 400 m/sec Handgun
B3 .357 Magnum 5 Meter 430 m/sec Handgun
B4 .44 Magnum 5 Meter 440 m/sec Handgun
B5 M16 5,56 x 45 mm 10 Meter 950 m/sec Rifle
B6 G1 7,62 x 51 mm Weichkern 10 Meter 830 m/sec Rifle
(Nato-Rifle G3)
B6 G1 7,62 x 51 mm Hartkern 10 Meter 830 m/sec Rifle
(Dragunow-
Sniper rifle)

The resistance classes are usually used B4 and B6 / B7. The slash in the indication for the so-called Heavy tanks means that the body with protection level B7 and the glazing corresponds the ballistic level B6. In addition to attacks with firearms such vehicles protect occupants from attacks with explosives, axes, crowbars and incendiary bombs (Molotov cocktails).

Side window of a special protection vehicle of type Mercedes-Benz W 126 by bombardment with different calibers
The material

The materials used for plating are mostly steel, plastics (For example, Kevlar) and bullet-proof glass.

Steel is used in order to eliminate the effect of force of projectiles, plastics intended to prevent the penetration of projectile splinters.

More and more is the use of synthetic fibers, such as aramid (Kevlar), composite materials and also of special ceramics because their use allows an enormous weight savings compared to the special steels used in armor. The increased use of modern materials in the recent special protection vehicles also contributes, inconspicuous to incorporate the modifications in the vehicles in order to maintain the conspicuousness of such equipped vehicles on public roads as low as possible.

A former official car of the German President with the resistance class VR6 / VR7.
The safety

The armor of an armored vehicle can’t guarantee its occupants absolute safety. In most cases special protection vehicles provide also only a part of the measures for the protection of a person. A very important component for the safe transport is the driving skills and behavior of the chauffeur. Most drivers have a special protection vehicle a personal protection training and special driver training behind him. Often with additional bodyguards in the car.

To further enhance security, convoys are often formed, where the escort vehicles usually carry only bodyguards or baggage of the protected person. If very high demands are necessary then also the support vehicles are armored vehicles. Thus, an uninjured person can switch to an armored escort vehicle, for example after an accident . On motorways escort vehicles are used for shielding against overtaking vehicles.

In a targeted attack, the crew of an accompanying vehicle can fight the attacker in order to allow the vehicle of the protected person to escape as quickly as possible. 

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