Ford upgrading bulletproof doors on police cruisers
Ford Motor Co. is improving bulletproofing standards for its Police Interceptor line of sedans and SUVs, making them able to withstand armor-piercing bullets from high-powered rifles like an AK-47.
The upgraded Ford vehicles will be the first in the US to meet a top standard set by the US Justice Department for body armor. New ballistic panels will be designed to handle armor-piercing ammunition; since 2008, Ford has offered panels that could only absorb handgun or non-armor piercing bullets.
"Officers, globally, told us they needed protection from armor-piercing ammunition, and we added ballistic protection to an already great product,"said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer for Ford's police car lineup, according to USA Today.
A Ford engineer told AP that police forces – particularly in the Middle East and Eastern Europe – had requested increased bulletproofing.
"In some places outside the U.S., they face the armor-piercing threat on a daily basis," Ford's Randy Freiburger said. "This is the price of entry for those markets."