Ford Police Sedans Become First To Offer Ballistic Protection Against Rifles

Posted: Mar 11 2016, 7:07am CST | by , in News | Cars & Vehicles

Ford Police Sedans Become First to Offer Ballistic Protection Against Rifles

The ballistic panels on the Ford Interceptors will hold against armor-piercing ammunition from rifles.

Ford just made a major security announcement about its Police Interceptor sedan. The Ford sedans given to the Police will feature some unique ballistic panels.

The panels will provide protection against armor-piercing rifle ammunition. The Police vehicle by Ford will become the first pursuit-rated police vehicles in the United States to offer ballistic protection.

“Ford is well-known in the police community for going further to enhance officer safety. It’s what our product is all about, first and foremost,” said Raj Sarkar, general marketing manager, Ford North American Fleet, Lease and Remarketing operations.

According to Ford officials they have always been known for their enhancements in the Police community. The new Ford Police vehicle will be factory-equipped.

Shootout encounters between police and criminals involving armor-piercing rifle ammunition used to be low. Unfortunately such high-powered shootout encounters are becoming more common.

Police Officers specifically asked Ford to provide protection against armor piercing ammunition. So the new Ford vehicles are coming at the right time.

According to Ford, their Police Interceptors are designed around officer feedback. The fact makes the Ford vehicles number one in the Police community.

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).”

Arie Groeneveld is the chief engineer of the Ford Police Interceptors. According to Groeneveld, they added increased ballistic protection to an already great product. In this way Ford has been delivering continuous innovation to the Police community.

“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.

The new ballistic panels offered in Ford vehicles are being called the Type IV panels. Ford claims the new panels are an option above and beyond existing ballistic panel protection. The new Ford panels are a new addition into a long line of features offered by Ford.

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