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IAG ARMORED TOYOTA LANDCRUISER 200 CONVOY®

International Armored Group‘s armored Toyota Landcruiser 200 Convoy® is one of the first armored vehicles to be fully certified under the new VPAM BRV 2009 standards to level VR7. The certification test was conducted independently by the internationally acclaimed laboratory for ballistic testing Beschussamt Mellrichstadt in Germany. The new standard is significantly more comprehensive than the older and out-of-date VPAM BRV 1999 VR6 test. Certified armored vehicles under the new BRV2009 standards, such as IAG’s VR7 Landcruiser Convoy®, offer superior ballistic protection and blast protection when compared to vehicles without this certification.  IAG is amongst the first manufacturers in the world to obtain the VR7 certification based on the more stringent requirements of the new BRV 2009 standard.

 

 

BRV 2009 VR7 BALLISTIC TESTING AND CERTIFICATION

As part of the BRV 2009 VR7 certification process, extensive ballistic testing was conducted to assess the design and construction of the vehicle armoring.  First, engineers from Beschussamt Mellrichstadt carefully analyze the design and manufacturing process, as well as, examine the finished vehicle for any potential weaknesses that should be tested during the live fire test.  If a bullet fully or even partially penetrates the vehicle's armoring, it constitutes as a failure.

During the live fire testing procedure, the IAG Convoy® armored Toyota Land Cruiser withstood over 400 7.62x51mm and 5.56x45mm rifle rounds fired from all angles at all sides of the vehicle, including the windows, roof and rear hatch, in addition to obscure areas such as door seams, pillars, handles and other potential weak points in the armoring.  After 5 days of testing, the IAG Convoy® sustained no penetration in the cabin area, effectively neutralizing any ballistic threat up to the CEN B6 level. 

 

BRV 2009 VR7 BLAST TESTING AND CERTIFICATION

The emergence of explosive threats such as Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) has become the number one concern for vehicle survivability in areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq.  In addition to the to VR7 ballistic certification process, IAG has also conducted comprehensive blast testing for the armored Toyota Landcruiser 200 Convoy®.  The experienced technicians of Beschussamt Mellrichstadt prepared the test which consisted of the following types of explosives threats:

LocationThreat
Floor

2x DM51 German Ordinance Hand Grenades
1x HG85 Swiss Fragmentation Hand Grenade
1xDM31 Anti-Tank Fragmentation Land Mine

Roof

2x DM51 German Ordinance Hand Grenades
1x HG85 Swiss Fragmentation Hand Grenade

Side (4 meters
from Vehicle)
12.5 KG PETN (17KG TNT Equivalent)




The test vehicle was inspected after each blast.  The IAG Convoy® sustained no deformations or penetrations in the armored passenger cabin, effectively shielding the occupants from the shrapnels and pressures of the various explosives. 

 



Conclusion


By obtaining the BRV 2009 VR7 certification through the live fire testing process, the armoring technology displayed on the IAG armored Toyota Land Cruiser Convoy®  is proven to provide full vehicle protection up to the CEN B6 level.  Through the additional blast testing, the IAG Convoy® has also proven to be effective in protecting the occupants from a variety of explosive threats. 

 

 

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