The luxury segment of the armored vehicle industry presents an interesting challenge for manufacturers due to the relatively low volume and the unique design of vehicles. It is not often for buyers to purchase a large quantity of armored luxury vehicles due to the high cost of the base chassis.
Manufacturers also need to develop unique designs for each individual chassis to ensure proper fitment of armor plating and chassis reinforcement upgrades.
For 2009, Audi introduced the Q5, a new compact crossover SUV. International Armored Group is proud to be amongst the first in the industry to develop an armoring design for the Audi Q5, offering CEN B6 level protection in a luxurious package.
The Audi Q5 is equipped with a 3.2L V6 producing 266hp and 243 lb ft of torque. The engine is mounted to a 6-speed automatic gearbox with Audi’s “Tiptronic” manual shift feature. It is also equipped with the advanced “Quattro” all-wheel-drive system that has differentiated Audi from its competitors. The 5 door Audi Q5 also offers a high degree of practicality to complement its sporty nature with a seating capacity of 5 and ample storage space in the cargo area, despite its compact appearances.
Recently, IAG has developed a new armoring design for the Toyota Land Cruiser 200, Toyota Hilux, and Chevrolet Suburban to provide superior vehicle survivability. Using the same principles, the armored Audi Q5 is equipped with features such as full B6 level overlaps and single piece ballistic steel armoring on the sides, providing superior ballistic protection.
Additionally, the floor is outfitted with armoring to provide blast protection from up to 2 DM-51 hand grenades. The newly designed rear bulkhead is also armored to the B6 level, featuring a high visibility rear window while maintaining a low profile appearance.
The challenge of developing an armoring design for new vehicles is always welcomed by IAG as we are always looking to expand our product range. One-off projects such as the Audi Q5 and the BMW X6 that we previously armored are prime examples of innovative designs developed by the IAG engineering team.
B7 (NIJ IV) Armored Vehicles – When it Comes to Protection, There is no Other
Armored Group has uparmored and reengineered the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 to the B7 (NIJ IV) protection level.
As advances in communications technology has made this world a smaller place, businesses around the world are taking advantage of the global marketplace, with geographical boundaries no longer a barrier towards expansion. However, many parts of the world with the greatest growth potential remain politically unstable, with kidnapping being one of the biggest threats facing any business wishing to protect their most valuable asset, the employees.
Armored Toyota Land Cruiser
Weapons used by kidnappers are more powerful today than they have ever been. To keep up with this threat, International Armored Group has uparmored and reengineered the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 to the B7 (NIJ IV) protection level, the highest rated level of protection by European and North American standards respectively. This level of armoring is capable of withstanding attacks from 7.62x51mm NATO armor piercing rounds fired from assault and sniper rifles.
The biggest challenge facing any armored vehicle manufacturer is coping with the additional weight inherently found with greater protection. Ballistic steel found in most B6 vehicles ranges from 6.0mm to 6.5mm, while ballistic steel in B7 vehicles ranges from 9mm to 12mm, almost twice as thick. The same is true for ballistic glass, wherein B7 vehicles have ballistic glass almost twice as thick.
The end result of all this is a car that can weigh up to an additional 2 to 3 tons on top of the stock vehicle. Without properly reengineered suspensions, brakes, tires and engine cooling, B7 armored vehicles will sag, bog down, or in some cases even roll over when taking corners.
The armored B7 Toyota Land Cruiser 200 from International Armored Group stands out from all its competitors by setting a new benchmark for what is achievable in terms of handling, ride quality and safety. With extensive knowledge of the environments the vehicle will most likely be used in, every component pertinent to the ride and handling quality of the vehicle is completely redesigned to push what is possible.
The armored vehicle is field tested comprehensively by driving it through the desert, dirt roads and poorly maintained tarmac.
Armored Toyota Landcruiser 200 Convoy
International Armored Group’s VR7 armored Toyota Landcruiser 200 Convoy® is the only vehicle in the world to have successfully passed the new VPAM BRV 2009 VR7 ballistic and blast testing standards, independently certified by Beschussamt Mellrichstadt, a world renowned and internationally recognized ballistics testing agency.
No other armored vehicles manufacturer in the world currently has this distinction, definitively showing that IAG is clearly the industry leader when it comes to producing the world’s best armored vehicles.
VR7 Ballistic Protection Standard
The new BRV 2009 VR7 ballistic protection standards vary greatly from the old BRV 1999 VR6/VR7 ballistic protection standards and the two standards are not the same. While both are tested against the same bullets (7.62 x 51mm and SS109 5.56 x 45mm), the new standard is far more comprehensive than the old one.