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Ford Police Interceptor gets armoured up

Ford Police Interceptor gets armoured up

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It is a sorry state of affairs when a society has to protect its law enforcement from attack, but that’s exactly what the U.S. is doing. With that in mind, Ford have developed a special amour plated Police Interceptor to go where other cop cars cannot go.

The new Ford Police Interceptor gets Type IV armour plating, which is a first for a pursuit vehicle. The armour panels can withstand most weapons up to and including .30-calibre armour-piercing rounds. That should be enough to protect the occupants in the vast majority of situations.

Type IV armour plating is made up of several layers. The first is a ceramic designed to shatter on impact to reduce the energy contained within the projectile and to force the bullet to disintegrate. An aramid fibre layer behind the ceramic stops any shrapnel from entering the vehicle. It’s a very effective upgrade.

As far as we can tell, the armour is an optional upgrade in the form of door inserts. Presumably the glass isn’t rated at the same level, just the door panel.

The armour will be made available on the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility and the Taurus-based Police Interceptor. The existing Type III armour will still be available to law enforcement authorities which is rated for up to 7.62 NATO rounds.

While this might seem like overkill, Ford said the armour upgrade has been developed at the request of law enforcement agencies.

"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 the Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer, Arie Groeneveld.

While the quote says a global request, we think it more likely a little artistic licence from their marketing department. Any requests are likely only from the U.S. and South American countries rather than global law enforcement. For one, only our continent uses Ford Police Interceptors and for another, only America and South America would ever need armour-plated police vehicles.

Regardless of the true nature of Ford’s motivations there will be law enforcement authorities across the U.S. who think they need to protect their personnel in this way. Fortunately, Ford has listened and developed a solution.

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