Armouring Levels can be very confusing.
Before you buy or rent a vehicle it is important to know that there are different types and levels of armouring.
Two of the most used terms are B (or BR) and VR class.
There is one very important difference between those two.
When you talk about B (or BR) class armouring, the materials used to armour the car give protection against ammunition of that class.
In the VR class (Vehicle Resistance) the complete vehicle is tested against attacks up till a maximum of the given ammunition.
This might give you some insight why VR armoured cars are more expensive than B (Br) armoured vehicles.
As you read above, not all armouring levels are the same. Be careful in what you buy and check what is offered to you. You can’t see the difference from the outside!
VR vehicles are tested to provide proof that they can withstand ammunitions from the given class.
This is one of the reasons while car manufacturers like Mercedes Benz, BMW and Audi only provide cars which have a VR certificate.
These car brands want their VIP customers to be protected in the best way possible.
Why are B (Br) cars still being produced?
Some companies only need simple armouring because they operate in low risk area’s. In some cases insurance companies demand just an armoured vehicle (like dangerous oil fields) without specification to be used.
When price is more important than armouring!
The more dangerous reason is that there are people looking for armoured vehicles at the cheapest price. That sparks companies to create B (Br) vehicles with just some armouring, without overlap, poor welding or even point welding, no adjustment in the springs and brakes. Also door hinges are sometimes left out. This means you can produce a cheap car which you can call an armoured car, but would you drive that into a dangerous area?
What do you need to buy?
Always make sure you have a good risk assessment and check with your builder or seller.
Do you have doubt?
We can offer you independent advise or a second opinion.
Armoured cars with a B (BR) specification used certified armoured materials. Cars with a VR spec are certified armoured vehicles.
You see that there is a big difference between the two types of armouring.