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Buying the right vehicle for the right protection in the field.

When working in volatile or inhospitable locations, procuring the right vehicle with the right levels of protection has never been more important. Whether operating as part of a NATO convoy, the emergency services or delivering aid or law enforcement, people put their faith and lives in their vehicle’s ability to give the best defence against attack. And yet, not always the best choice is made. A lack of correct information or budget constraints sometimes ends up taking precedence over an organisation’s duty of care to employees working on the front line. As a result, the safety of staff may be, inadvertently, being compromised. By procuring vehicles that potentially aren’t fit for the purpose means that they may not provide the right levels of protection needed for the mission. Jankel receives many enquiries that fail to consider the necessary protection levels required, preferring instead to specify a potentially lesser protected vehicle (in most cases B6 protection as it is the best known) and this runs the serious risk of their staff being ill equipped for their work in the field. A better understanding of the testing levels is therefore required. Vehicle protection comes in 3 categories:
  • Ballistic Protection against live shots into the vehicle
  • Blast Protection against land mines, improvised devices and other blast materials
  • Vehicle Road Worthiness to ensure enhancements and modifications have not make the vehicle unsafe for handling.
Alongside these categories, an organisation also needs to take into account the vitally important considerations of where their vehicles will be used, what they will be used for and the environment they will be used in. Otherwise their protection may not be right. Different protection levels will be needed for different scenarios. For example, the terrain in parts of Africa makes road worthiness paramount whilst blast needs may be less critical and yet in volatile parts of the Middle East, the opposite is more likely to be true. The most commonly requested test standard, the B6 test (derived from FB6 & BR6 tests on materials for buildings) where ballistic tests are carried out on the armour material outside of the vehicle (3 shots in a triangle), may not offer enough protection on the frontline. Critically, it does not test how the armour material has been put into the vehicle (overlaps, door gaps, etc.) and so technically one piece of armour could be added to the vehicle and then classified as B6 protection level. Moreover, the heavy armour panels put in a vehicle that is not designed for blast can dislodge and cause serious harm even in a relatively minor event. However, a more comprehensive level of testing, the VPAM BRV 2009 standard, exists and is carried out on armoured vehicles to offer a superior level of protection. This test looks at the protection of the whole vehicle rather than just the armour material and the armour is tested once installed onto the vehicle system (via live fire testing with hundreds of rounds). It also means that all angles/weaknesses are covered for example, door locks, overlaps, etc. Couple this with actual blast trial standards such as VPAM ERV2010 and you know you have a vehicle you can trust. Jankel Focus Toyota The hot-formed Jankel Toyota LC200, pictured above, is one such highly tailored vehicle which meets the VPAM standard of testing and offers outstanding protection in the field against all 3 main types of attack. Hot-formed armour, (armour formed in large complex shapes to reduce welding), uses the latest developments in armour technology and along with the in-depth automotive testing, proven strengths and advanced spec of the LC200, makes the LC200 one of the most reliable, robust choices for protection whilst operating in hostile territory. By asking the right questions upfront - how and where your vehicles will be used and to what level the passengers need to be protected, and by considering the right safety standards required, your employees will be better protected and mission ready.
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