Quite simply, an armored vehicle is a car, truck, SUV, or other motor vehicle that has been reinforced with metal and glass designed to resist penetration by bullets and other weapons. Most people associate "armored vehicle" with a tank or other military vehicle, but many regular vehicles cars, trucks, SUVs, and even luxury cars and limos can also be armored for protection.
People and property are vulnerable during transport. Experts estimate that between 80 and 90 percent of attacks on "important" people (the rich, the famous, dignitaries and political leaders, etc.) occur while they are in a vehicle. Money and other important assets, too, are more vulnerable in transit than, say, in a bank or a safe. An armored car protects against a variety of weapons to help ensure precious cargo makes it from point A to point B.
Anyone who feels they or their property may be targeted during transport could benefit from an armored car. Military units, government officials and agencies, law enforcement agencies, banks, and private corporations and individuals are all common armored car clients.
Armored cars aren't just cars: trucks, SUVs, limousines, vans, cash-in-transit vehicles all can be armored for greater protection. Armored Cars Canada is proud to offer a wide range of vehicles, as well as a number of options within each category.
Generally, the entire passenger or cargo area of the vehicle is armored (glass, panels, posts, floors, roof, etc.) to ensure maximum safety. The level of protection offered by the armor depends on the type of danger you want to protect against. Several ballistic standards exist, according any of those, our staff will help you assess your risk and choose the appropriate level of protection.
The weight added depends on the size of the vehicle and the level of protection. Armor can add anywhere from 300 to 3000 pounds, but on the average passenger vehicle, about 1200 pounds is added.
An armored vehicle is heavier than its unprotected counterpart, but other than weight, there is no real difference in the handling.
Suspension is almost always upgraded to accommodate the armor, and brakes may also be upgraded, depending on the type of the vehicle and the weight of the armor.
As an added bonus, the armor acts as an extra layer of insulation, so the vehicle tends to be quieter, too.
LPD stands for low-profile design, meaning that the armor does not alter the appearance of the vehicle in any significant way. Generally, armored cars, luxury vehicles and SUVs have low-profile designs.
HPD, on the other hand, stands for high-profile design, in which the addition of armor does alter the appearance of the vehicle. Cash-in-transit (CIT) and tactical/military vehicles generally have high-profile designs.
Armored Cars Canada has a number of stock vehicles ready for immediate shipping, as well as the facilities and expertise to quickly build custom armored vehicles.
Actual production time depends on the vehicle and the level of protection, so we usually provide a calculated estimate after specific information has been gathered from the client.