Ford has about 60 percent of the police vehicle market throughout the world. Other companies make cop cars, but Ford is the king of the cop car world, both the sedan and the SUV model. Most cop cars are able to turn aside standard bullets, but this isn’t a normal world, and people want more protection for the same price. Ford is making a police car with doors that stop armor-piercing bullets. Not everyone is being shot at with .22 bullets, after all; in some parts of the world, the war on crime looks a lot more like an actual war.
“In some places outside the U.S., they face the armor-piercing threat on a daily basis,” said Ford engineer Randy Freiburger. “This is the price of entry for those markets.”
Those markets are primarily Eastern Europe and the Middle East, where the kind of rounds that these doors are meant to stop proliferate. The doors are designed to turn aside rounds from an AK-47 of .30 caliber, which is a pretty substantial round coming from an assault rifle. The doors contain both ceramic plates and kevlar-type weaving (the kind in bomb-proof wallpaper and normal bullet proof vests) and are designed to take multiple hits from heavy rounds without piercing the door; the windows, however, are just normal windows, because bullet-proof windows make it very difficult to rescue officers from car accidents and the like.
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