So, you have decided to add an extra level of security to your vehicle in the form of bullet resistance. After doing some research on the level of armouring and cost, you realise that your budget does not stretch to a fully armoured vehicle. Should you go the route of partial armouring then?

So, you have decided to add an extra level of security to your vehicle in the form of bullet resistance. After doing some research on the level of armouring and cost, you realise that your budget does not stretch to a fully armoured vehicle. Should you go the route of partial armouring then?

The Cost Equation

To fully armour a medium-sized SUV (like the BMW X3 pictured) to B4 (handgun level) cost in the region of R 500,000 ex VAT which is not an insignificant amount. The reason is the high cost of the imported 21 mm AGP armoured glass and the Kevlar sheets protecting the body (including the pillars). Do not forget the labour to strip the entire cabin, armour and rebuild to OEM spec.

The cost split between the glass and the body armour is around 50:50 (vehicle dependent). Therefore, if the client decides to only armour the glass or body, the cost would be about half of the total armouring project.

Why It Is Not A Good Idea


Although SVI would listen to its client’s requirements, it is not in favour of partial armouring for several reasons. The first is that it is still an expensive exercise, but the client is only half protected.

During a hijack situation, the occupants want to feel completely comfortable when they decide to simply drive off. It is all about confidence. This is not the case with partial armouring as there is doubt in the mind of the driver. Where is the hijacker aiming? What if he decides to randomly spray the car with bullets? It may even lead to a nervous breakdown where the car is eventually handed over to the hijacker as in the case of a non-armoured vehicle.

Value for Money?

The cost-to-safety ratio does not make sense when it comes to partial armouring. A tip is to check if the armouring company you decide to use is also armouring the pillars. Many clients only armour the glass and doors leaving vulnerable ballistic gaps. It is much trickier (and more labour intensive) to also armour the pillars.

Conclusion

SVI propose that clients save up for a full armouring solution than opt for partial armouring for the reasons mentioned. There is always the possibility to finance the armouring (speak to us) or scale down when it comes to a new car purchase. For example, a BMW X3 plus B4 armour is comparable in price to a BMW X5 without armour (see table below).

 

B4 Armoured BMW X3 sDrive 18d

BMW X5 xDrive 30d

R 1 265 272,00 R 1 237 282,00

B4 Armoured Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 auto

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 4.5D-4D V8 VX-R

R 1 338 100,00 R 1 540 300,00

B4 Armoured Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi DC 4×4 XL

Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-Turbo DC Raptor

R 946 782,00 R 849 900,00

 

Please contact us if you need any further armouring advice.