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Up-Armored Humvee - Protection Kit
The armor kits for Humvees produced by Zeroline are compatible with both M1114 and
M1116 versions. The Zeroline suit protects the passenger compartment with an
armored cage mounted on an integral titanium frame that also provides roll over
protection. The kit is designed to meet STANAG Level 2 threats, as well as
enhanced penetration ammunition, such as APM2 and B32 cartridges fired from high
power SVD rifles.
The engine compartment is also protected, retaining mobility under attack. The kit also includes mine
protection (5kg contact detonation under each wheel). The complete 11 part kit
weighs 1,907kg. The armor is based on SiTx-OP composites, combining glass plate
with a mosaic of ceramic face tiles, mounted on aramid woven fabric spall liner.
This composition is designed to defeat multiple hits of standard and enhanced
penetration rounds as well as fragmentation and high explosive charges.
also includes a two piece, 53mm thick armored windshield and side windows. The
aerial density of the transparent armor is 140Kg/m2 – three times higher than
opaque armor. It is composed of two types of glasses - the outer surface is
super hardened, designed to break hardened steel core penetrators. The inner
glass layer uses high strength glass, optimized for absorbing the kinetic energy
of the residual fragments. The floor is fitted with an external blast
attenuation layer, constructed from TABRE composites. This material is also
applied to the wheel arches and the base of the passenger compartment, to
minimize the explosion effect of land mines. Similar measures were also
installed on Land Rover Defender.
In order to sustain the additional load, the vehicle is refitted with heavy duty springs,
adjustable heavy duty coil over shock absorbers, new anti-roll bars and
composite brake pads. The vehicle is also fitted with fire resistant fuel tank
and run flat tires.