Ford makes police car doors that stop armour-piercing bullets
In this March 3, 2016, photo provided by Ford Motor Company, different types of ammunition used in testing are displayed, foreground, as a Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle sits parked in the background during ballistic testing of doors against small arm fire at the Livingston Conservation and Sports Association in Brighton, Mich. (Ryan Koehler/Ford Motor Company via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, March 10, 2016 12:29PM EST
DETROIT -- It's a first for police cars: Doors that can protect officers against armour-piercing bullets.
Ford will soon be offering the doors on its Police Interceptor sedans and SUVs.
The doors are designed to stop a .30-calibre bullet shot from a high-powered rifle. They're made from ceramic tile, which breaks up the bullet, and a layer of a Kevlar-like material that catches the shrapnel.
Ford has offered ballistic panels on its police car doors since 2008. But previous versions protected against handgun fire and non-armour piercing bullets.
Ford says police departments made frequent requests to upgrade the doors, particularly in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
The doors won't be sold to non-police customers.
Ford hasn't said how much it will charge, but the previous versions cost $1,500 per door