Texas Business reports: SAN ANTONIO—Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), producer of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced a new line of special explosion-resistant SUVs in response to the recent string of bombings and terrorist attacks across West Africa and the Middle East.
TAC officials reported that the new line of armored, blast-mitigating vehicles will be based on the Toyota Land Cruiser platform and will offer clients in areas like Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen protection against undercarriage blasts, roadside explosions, IEDs, anti-personnel mines, and car bombs.
The LC50 (MSRP $195,000.00)) will feature TAC's ground-breaking T6 ultra-lightweight armoring package along with a specially angled ballistic-steel undershield and spall liner to protect occupants against high-power rifle fire (7.62x39, .223. 7.62 NATO munitions), fragmentation mines, and small explosions.
While all TAC armored vehicles offer protection against small explosives via the floorboards of the cabin area, the LC50 will provide an additional layer of protection on the outside of the vehicle to help dissipate the blast and more fully protect the occupants.
The LC100 (MSRP: $275,000.00) will feature TAC's T7 ultra-lightweight armoring package along with a premium composite undershield co-developed with Bravo Zulu Services, Inc.
While the LC50 will only be rated for the explosive equivalent of 3-4 hand grenades, the LC100 will boast stopping power of over 20 grenades (approx. 4 lbs. of high-explosive C4) and is designed to absorb the shockwave of the explosion so that it can't pass through into the passenger compartment.
“We've done something incredible here,” said Bravo Zulu executive Jason Miller said in a prepared statement. “LC100, Texas Armoring's new offering will provide clients with military-grade blast protection and the comfort of a regular SUV.”
“Nothing like this has ever been introduced in the market, and Bravo Zulu has done the research to ensure that our clients will be safer than we ever previously thought possible,” said TAC chief executive Trent Kimball in a statement. “The LC100 will stop armor-piercing rounds and multiple pounds of C4-it is serious, blast-eating protection and it is exactly what our clients need to stay safe from terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.”
The LC250 (MSRP: $595,000) will feature TAC's T8 heavy-duty protection package which defeats .50 caliber BMG rounds, a cutting-edge, specialized solution from Bravo Zulu for the undercarriage that will defeat 6-7 lbs. of C4 (approx. equivalent of 35 hand grenades), and a military-grade, advanced barrage-jammer which will protect occupants and any vehicles in the surrounding convoy from the most common bomb detonation threats.
“The LC250 will be one of the world's most expensive armored SUVs,” said TAC executive vice president Jason Forston in a statement. “However, it will also be one of the safest. Imagine having the ballistic protection of a military-grade off-road SUV, the blast protection of an armored fighting vehicle, and the barrage-jamming capability of a presidential convoy all rolled up into one inconspicuous looking SUV. In short, the LC250 would aide anyone looking to survive an unimaginable terrorist attack or doomsday scenario.”
All sales are subject to U.S. Government Approval. The LC250 is an ITAR restricted item and will require special U.S. State Department licensing.