Vehicle protection suits are designed according to the type of threat they should encounter.
Different concepts of protection are utilized when direct fire is the main
threat, where the armor suit is tailored to meet the specific threat level.
Lighter protection, based on composite materials can also be tailored against
fragments from artillery, mortars and shrapnel. Protection against high explosives,
especially IEDs which also produce significant blast, fragmentation and sometime
shaped charges effect, requires more complex solutions, using
designs of metallic and composite components. A different issue is
the protection of commercial and civilian vehicles, which, unlike
military vehicles, are usually fitted with concealed armor.
For vehicle specific information
please check the following references to specific light armored
vehicles, which are currently listed in Defense-Update:
AM General M998 / M-1114 Humvee:
Up-Armored designs by:
Technical Solutions Group (TSG):
Israel Aircraft Industries/RAMTA:
Indian Ordnance Factories: