Ford revealed that it will provide ballistic panels on the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility with protection from armor-piercing (AP) rifle ammunition. Ford North America Fleet General Marketing Manager for Lease and Remarketing Operations Raj Sarkar said that the car maker has always been known for improving the safety of its police-friendly models.
Sarkar boasted that it has long been a trademark of Ford. In the US, the factory-equipped models are the first pursuit-rated police cars to come with ballistic protection up to the National Institute of Justice standard Type IV of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
According to the said standard, a Type IV ballistic panel shall be tested with .30 caliber AP bullets (US Military designation M2 AP) weighing 10.80 grams or 166 gr and having an 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s or 2,889 ft/s ± 30 ft/s.
The number of shootout incidents between authorities and criminals using high-powered, AP rifle ammunition may be low but they are becoming more common nowadays. Ford Police Interceptors Chief Engineer Arie Goreneveld said that designing the Ford Police Interceptor models in accordance with the needs of police officers based on feedback is the primary reason the vehicles are prominent.
Officers around the world have expressed the need for vehicles that come with protection from AP ammunition, which is why Ford responded with a solution. The Type IV panels serve as optional features above and beyond Ford’s current ballistic panel protection.
In the US, optional Type III ballistic panels are already used. These are rated to protect vehicles and passengers from all handgun and non-AP bullets up to .30 caliber— specifically up to 7.62 mm x 51 mm NATO M80 ball ammunition, and special threat rounds specified by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
These new options are in addition to a wide array of existing safety features engineered especially for police officers’ use such as the Ford Police Interceptor safety cell construction, which contributes to structural integrity. The vehicles are also equipped with an advanced safety system that helps absorb a collision’s energy to keep the passengers from the impact forces of an accident.
Crumple zones are also strategically integrated into the vehicle’s bodywork to further absorb and dissipate the energy of a collision, reducing intrusion into the cabin. Materials such as aluminum, boron steel, and advanced plastics have been used to enhance the vehicle’s overall strength and firmness.
Other key safety features exclusively offered by Ford include police-tuned suspensions, unique police interiors, police brakes, 75-mph rear crash test rating, steel wheels, and numerous upfit options.