301 bullets (7.62×51 M80 and 5.56×45 SS109) were fired to ensure that ASV‘s VR7 Land Cruiser is fully protected and meets the requirements of BRV2009 level 7 all around and from all angles, up to 90° on the roof. A 20-round burst of AK47 was also fired at the driver’s door, before the car was subjected to the blast of various threats. The car successfully resisted the explosion of 2 HG85 fragmentation grenades on the roof, another 2 HG85 under the floor, 2 DM31 AP mines under the floor and finally 12.5kg of PETN at 4m to the side.
Single-piece roof, door panels, A-B-C-pillars and firewall ensure that the junctions between armored components are kept to the strict minimum. All welded sections are doubled up so that no heat-affected steel is exposed to a direct shot. The doors are reinforced with an integrated window-frame for improved stiffness and tighter all-around overlaps with double splinter protection and special ballistic steel-frames to secure the windows in the doors. The floor is protected with blast-resistant steel fully welded, installed inside the passenger cell for a no-compromise protection of the occupants. The gearbox area is also shielded by an under-belly plate and a full additional underside protection is available to further increase the resistance to land-mines and other explosive threats. The fuel tanks are protected with steel casings and the front-end of the car is armoured with full protection for the wings, the batteries, the radiator, the ECU and the brake-servo and ABS.
5 passengers can travel in safety and comfort with adapted brakes and heavy-duty suspension. The cargo area can occasionally accomodate a further two passengers. Most safety and comfort features of the base-vehicle are carried over, including the additional rear air-conditioning. Run-flats are fitted to all 5 wheels as standard and the usual ASV options are also available for the VR7 Land Cruiser.