Ford is making its Police Interceptor vehicles even safer for our men and women in blue.
Thursday, the automaker announced it will offer additional ballistic door panels on the Police Interceptor sedan and SUV vehicles to protect them from even more types of ammo. (Ford has offered factory-installed ballistic panels on its police car doors since 2008, but previous versions protected against handgun fire and non-armor piercing bullets.)
The new doors will protect officers against Type IV armor-piercing .30 caliber rifle ammunition.
According to the Department of Justice standard, the description of a Type IV ballistic panel is:
“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).”
The Type IV ballistic panels will be available along with already existing ballistic panels and other safety features.
“The fact that we design our Police Interceptors around officer feedback is what has made them number one. 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,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer, Ford Police Interceptors.
Optional Type III ballistic panels are already on duty in agencies around the United States and are rated to protect against all handgun and non-armor piercing bullets up to .30 caliber (specifically up to 7.62mm x 51mm NATO M80 ball ammunition) as well as special threat rounds identified by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Dodge started offering non-armor piercing protection on police versions of the Charger in 2012.
Ford controlled 60 percent of the U.S. police vehicle market in 2015. A Ford Police Interceptor SUV, which is based on an Explorer, starts around $30,000. For more information, visit the Ford Police Interceptor site.