First ten SVI-armoured Ford Rangers sold

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Less than two weeks after the official SVI-armoured Ford Ranger launch event, an order for 10 armoured Rangers has been received. Special Vehicle Industries (SVI) Engineering partnered with Ford to offer OEM-approved armour on Ranger bakkies.

According to Nicol Louw, business development manager at SVI, the company has been inundated with enquiries since the launch event. This points to the urgent need in South Africa for factory-backed armoured bakkies, SVI said. Another enabler is that the armoured Ranger can be purchased through Ford Credit which makes it attractive for both individual and fleet buyers.

Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa in late January said the Ford-approved armour protection for the Ranger is a first for any original equipment manufacturer (OEM) in South Africa.

SVI offers two levels of Ford-approved armoured protection for the Ranger, across all models, powertrains and derivatives. The B4 protection level provides protection against handguns up to a .44 Magnum and consists of 18-21 mm armoured glass in combination with Kevlar sheets for the body. It adds 280 kg on the Ranger Double Cab and takes around eight weeks to install.

SVI and Ford also offer B6 protection, which is the highest level of civilian protection allowed without a special permit. This has been designed for the valuables-in-transit industry as well as high-profile individuals needing the ultimate level of protection. B6 protection protects against R1 assault rifle and AK-47 rounds (7.62×51 mm and 7.62×39 mm). This comprises 38 mm armoured glass and special armoured steel plates. Due to the additional 650 kg of armour, the Ranger’s suspension is upgraded accordingly.

SVI was formed in 2004 and specialises in mechanical engineering, product development and manufacturing, and protected vehicles, including armoured civilian vehicles, armoured luxury vehicles, remanufactured military and police vehicles, asset protection vehicles, guard houses and towers.

In 2017 it completed development of its Max 9 armoured personnel carrier, which has unique features such as a digital dashboard and single-piece curved armoured windscreen. In September 2018 SVI unveiled the 3.8 ton Max 3 low cost light armoured vehicle, available in different variants, such as mortar carrier. It is based on the Toyota Land Cruiser 79 platform to keep costs down and fitted with an armoured cab with B6 ballistic protection, but this can be upgraded to B7.

In 2019 SVI launched SVI Secure, an armoured vehicle rental division that offers modified commercial vehicles like saloons and SUVs as well as armoured personnel carriers.

For close protection and valuables in transit solutions, SVI offers affordable cube-in solutions for close-protection vehicles and tailormade canopies ranging from valuables in transit up to full armoured personnel carrier units.