Last week the team at Ford announced that it will begin offering protection from armor piercing rifle ammunition on its Police Interceptors.
It will be the first time that police cars in the US are offering protection from .30 caliber rifle rounds that conforms to the Federal Government’s Type IV standard.
The new armor features two layers of protection.
The outward facing layer is made of ballistic-grade ceramic which helps break up the bullet. The inward layer is made of a synthetic aramid fiber.
Ford says it decided to offer the new armor at the request of the police community.
“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,” Ford Police Interceptor chief engineer Arie Groeneveld said in a statement.
According to Ford, lower level Type III standard panels which protect against rounds up to .30 caliber non-armor piercing rounds are already in service with the police department around the country.
The Ford Interceptor series is offered as both a sedan and an SUV called the “Utility.” The sedan is based on the full-sized Taurus while the Utility is based on the Explorer.
Also throw in for good measure are upgraded drivetrain, suspension, and law enforcement-specific equipment.
The sedan and the SUV variants of the Interceptor come available with all-wheel-drive and a 365 horsepower, 3.0 liter, EcoBoost V6 engine.