Armored Vehicles Overview

Wamar Technologies

Since 2004, Wamar Technologies has been providing the U.S. Government and select international governments with the highest quality specialized armored vehicles available. Modified from existing commercial vehicle platforms and designed to maintain an external OEM appearance, these early armored vehicles were tactical in nature, ruggedized, and equipped with heavy duty components to meet the demands of austere environments in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has since expanded its vehicle armoring capabilities to include luxury armored vehicles with the addition of an in-house upholstery department, an updated production line, and the establishment of partnerships with key players in the automotive industry to further augment its capabilities and offerings.

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Armor Design and Engineering Process

Our engineers utilize state of the art software to perform finite element analysis of all load bearing elements such as hinges and tow systems to ensure they are designed and verified to perform as intended on delivery and for the life of our vehicles.

As an important element of our design and engineering approach, finite element analysis, in combination with the knowledge and talent of our engineers, brings our clients:

  • lower production and maintenance costs
  • less vehicle down-time
  • longer lasting products
  • overall increased durability and dependability
  • rugged, heavy duty components designed to handle austere environments and demanding wear and tear requirements

Prototyping and Design Validation

All vehicle armor and modifications are designed, engineered, validated and proven before the first unit hits the production floor. SLA Rapid Prototyping ensures fit and form prior to final manufacture for smaller custom components such as door hinges and window drives. Vehicle armor, such as ballistic cage design templates, are modeled in software and pre-fitted in mild steel for design validation prior to full armoring. This process ensures a minimum piece count and high tolerance fit providing for the highest protection levels available in the industry.

Available Armor Levels

Wamar Technologies armors vehicles to the following levels.

CEN 1063

Class Weapon Caliber Type Weight (g) Range (m) Velocity (m/s) Impact Energy Shots
BR4 Handgun .44 Magnum FJ/FN/SC 15,6 ± 0,1 5,00 ± 0,5 440 ± 10 1510 J 3
BR5 Rifle 5.56x45mm NATO FJ/PB/SCP 4,0 ± 0,1 10,00 ± 0,5 950 ± 10 1800 J 3
BR6 Rifle 7.62x51mm NATO FJ/PB/SC 9,5 ± 0,1 10,00 ± 0,5 830 ± 10 3270 J 3
BR7 Rifle 7.62x51mm NATO FJ/PB/HC 9,8 ± 0,1 10,00 ± 0,5 820 ± 10 3290 J 3

NIJ 0108.01

Class Test Ammunition Type Weight (g) Range (m) Velocity (m/s) Shots
NIJ III-A 44 Magnum
9 mm
LB, SWC, GC
FMJ
15.55
8.0
5.00 ± 0.5 426 ± 15
426 ± 15
5
5
NIJ III 7.62 mm
308 Winchester
FJ/CB/SC
FMJ
9.7
9.7
5.00 ± 0.5 838 ± 15
838 ± 15
5
NIJ IV 30-06 AP 10.8 5.00 ± 0.5 868 ± 15 1

AP = Armor Piercing
LB = Lead Bullet
FJ/FMJ = Full Metal Jacket
FN = Flat Nose
GC = Gas Checked
CB = Cone Bullet
HC = Hard Core, steel hardness > 63 HRC

LRHV = Long Range High Velocity
JSC = Jacketed Soft Point
PB = Pointed Bullet
RN = Round Nose
SC = Soft Core (Lead)
SCP = Soft Core (Lead) & Steel Penetrator
SWC = Semi-Wadcutter

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Armor Materials

Wamar Technologies uses only the highest quality state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing processes to armor its vehicles. All materials are tested and certified in strict adherence to NIJ, CEN, and STANAG national and international standards for ballistic protection.

Steel

MIL Standard Ballistic Steel

Wamar Technologies’ armored vehicles utilize military standard heat-treated hardened ballistic steel in an assortment of thicknesses and types depending on the application and intended threat resistance from ballistic and blast threats or both. Materials are carefully chosen, tested, and certified by independent laboratories to maintain the highest standard of protection integrated with the fewest number of welds possible. The result is fewer potential weak points and faster production at lower cost to its clients.

Glass

Transparent Armor / MIL Standard Ballistic Glass

Wamar Technologies’ armored vehicles utilize several ballistic glass types and manufacturers. All materials are strictly controlled, certified, and meeting military standards and applications. Depending on the platform requirements, laminated polycarbonate may be used as well. Transparent armor may be up to 72mm (2.8") thick and capable of stopping high velocity armor piercing assault rifle rounds at close range.

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Dyneema®

Althought not a typical material used in Wamar Technologies’ armored vehilces, Dyneema may be used when minimizing weight is critcal without comprimising protection. Dyneema is a "super-strong" polyethylene fiber that is up to 15 times stronger than steel and, weight-for-weight, is 40% stronger than competing aramid fibers. It has high-energy absorption and low elongation providing maximum strength and security with minimum weight cost. This weight advantage can improve the vehicle’s performance or increase its payload, so more equipment or soldiers can be transported.

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Kevlar®

DuPont’s Kevlar is a light-weight material which provides ballistic resistant woven flexible aramid panels (Yellow jacket or Black Jack) for meeting often diverse and specialized threats. Kevlar can be used alone or in combination with other ballistic and blast resistant materials to provide excellent protection with minimal weight cost. This weight advantage can improve the vehicle’s performance or increase its payload, so more equipment or soldiers can be transported.

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Ballistic Ceramics

Ballistic ceramics combine high energy absorption with light weight and are typically used in combination with ballistic resistant fibers to create high performance protection with minimal weight. This type of composite system can be designed to be significantly lighter than ballistic steel and significantly thinner than all-fabric systems of comparable stopping power. Compared with ballistic steel, it can reduce the areal density of an armor concept by 50-75%. This weight advantage can improve the vehicle’s performance or increase its payload, so more equipment or soldiers can be transported.

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Armored Platforms