Ford’s Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility customers will now have the option of armor-piercing bullet protection for even greater levels of officer safety. These are the first police vehicles in the country available from the factory with panels that can guard against armor-piercing .30 caliber rifle rounds.
The armor panels are inside the front doors and don’t change the vehicle’s exterior appearance. They use a similar combination of a ceramic plate and aramid fabric as Ford’s currently optional door protection, which can handle handgun rounds and non-armor piercing bullets up to .30 caliber. For this stronger application, the Blue Oval changes some things like using a tighter weave for the fabric, Ford spokesperson Chris Terry tells Autoblog. The plates add “more than 80 pounds” to each door, he said.
“Officers globally told us they needed protection from armor piercing ammunition and we added increased ballistic protection to an already great product,” Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer of Ford Police Interceptors, said in the new option’s announcement.
According to Terry, Ford will open orders for the armor-piercing bullet protection on March 15. He estimates the price “in the $1,000 range” but said costs can vary depending on the size of a police force’s order. The Blue Oval also offers its current armored door panels as a retrofit option for the vehicles, and Terry believes that’s a possibility for the new parts, too.