The Toyota Land Cruiser 300 will soon be getting a bullet-resistant modification at the hands of SVI. The new package will provide the large SUV with B6 protection against assault rifles like the AK47.
SVI took delivery of one of the first Toyota Land Cruiser 300 units in South Africa. The bullet-proofing firm says this was an important purchase because an SUV such as this requires adequate time to develop a B6 armouring kit.
The Land Cruiser 200 was one of the most popular armoured vehicle models for SVI and the 300 is expected to take over the batten. The new model is lighter and more powerful than the previous model which makes it even better suited to VIP armouring needs in both petrol and diesel formats.
The Toyota Land Cruiser 300 will be stripped down to the bare metal so that measurements for the available space can be conducted. This is done via a three-axis, measuring arm and 3D scanning tool to create a computer aided design model.
The Toyota Land Cruiser 300 is constructed with a high percentage of aluminium which includes the doors. This has been done to lower the overall mass of the vehicle. SVI uses an ultra-light and high performance set of composite materials to limit the amount of added mass in critical areas without compromising on stopping rounds fired from AK47, R5 and R1 assault rifles.
SVI predicts that development process for this package will take around two months to complete. Production will then commence after a validation of protection and performance test of the first unit is conducted. The conversion time in total is expected to take three months.
The final cost of the armouring package for the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 still needs to be determined at the end of the development process but SVI expects a price of around R900 000 excluding VAT for the 360-dgeree B6 armouring solution. SVI says it is starting to take customer orders for converting the 300 which is expected to commence at the end of the year.