VIDEO: Explorer-Based Ford Police Interceptor to Offer Type IV Ballistic Protection
Ford will now offer Type IV–rated ballistic panels on its Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility and Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan.
Ford will now offer Type IV–rated ballistic panels on its Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility and Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan. They will be the first factory-built pursuit vehicles on the market with that rating.
According to the Department of Justice, the Type IV rating means the Ford PI will be able to withstand a .30 caliber armor-piercing bullet, as well as the ammunition from lesser weapons like the .44 Magnum and M80. The Type IV panels will be offered above the existing Type III ballistic protection already available from the company.
Testing the Police Interceptors involved exactly what you might think: firing live ammunition at an example of the PI Utility. Vehicle testers used AK-47s, Remington 700s, and .45 pistols to test the Utility’s panels for ballistic protection, reaching both Type IV and Los Angeles Police Department special threat ratings.
Keeping the ammunition away from the vehicle’s interior and occupants are two layers. The strike face is a ballistic-grade ceramic tile that breaks up the bullet upon impact, and behind that is a layer of AerMet that prevents any penetration into the cabin. According to Ford, its new Interceptors’ doors have more surface area, providing about 20 percent greater protection to police officers.
While no police officer ever wants to be involved in a shootout, it’s no doubt comforting to know the Interceptor is able to provide a significant amount of protection. We’re glad to see Ford doing what it can to keep law enforcement officials safe. Check out a feature of the testing for Type III status above and extra B-roll footage below.