MSPV’s armoring is designed as a self-supporting structure carefully and seamlessly integrated in the base vehicle’s original shell or replacing it altogether.
When armouring the OEM shell, all main surfaces are protected from inside the original shell including the floor, thereby avoiding gaps between armouring inside and outside of the shell and ensuring greater structural rigidity for better blast resistance.
Armouring panels are designed to cover the greatest possible areas to avoid multiple joints and once again favour structural integrity.
• state-of-the-art welding • professionally integrated • various protection levels
State-of-the-art welding techniques are used to preserve the ballistic properties of the steel and joints are overlapped for extra protection. The armouring of the doors is attached directly to the armouring of the pillars through purpose-built heavy-duty hinges so the weight of the doors is supported by an appropriately strong frame without undue stress on the original shell.
ECU, batteries and fuel tanks are protected with ballistic steel and all armoured vehicles come fitted with run-flats on all wheels including the spare(s) and heavy-duty suspension to handle the extra-weight of the armouring. Various brake-upgrades are available to suit the usage of the cars.
NATO STANAG / US NIJ / Russian GHOST / European CEN / VPAM
MSPV’s armouring is professionally integrated into the shell and the doors of the vehicles. The result is a complete armoured structure that contributes to reinforcing the original body of the vehicle. The pillars carrying the doors are specially reinforced at the hinge mounting points, which are directly attached to the armouring structure, and the doors are reinforced in a similar way with the hinge mounting-points also directly attached to the armouring of the door. In this way, the whole added weight of the armouring of the door is supported by the armoured structure of the shell thereby guaranteeing the integrity of the assembly and preventing undue stress on the original body structure. Battery and fuel-tank protection as well as suspension upgrades are included in the standard specifications, and customers have a choice of high performance braking systems.
Most of MSPV’s production is armoured to level “B6” but MSPV offers a range of protection levels from “B4” to “B7” based on the European CEN standards, and will also provide protection according to other ballistic standards such as NATO STANAG, US NIJ, Russian GHOST or any specific standard required by the customer.
Minerva Special Purpose Vehicles in B6 level are armoured using materials, both opaque and transparent, that meet or exceed the requirements of the European CEN 1522/23 and CEN 1063 standards to the level FB6 for opaque areas and BR6 for transparent areas.
In B6 level, all four sides of the passenger compartment and the roof of the vehicle are protected using high-quality armour steel and glass defeating 7.62x51mm M80 Nato Ball ammunition (U.S. NIJ level III, CEN level B6) and 5.56×45 SS109 ammunition (CEN levels B5 and B6) at 0° incidence (90° to the surface) and 10m range according to CEN1063 and CEN1522.