We pay great attention to the design of our armoring as we consider quality of the design to be the base for making high-end vehicles.
We scan the surface of the car body and make the CAD design of the protection cell inside. This approach allows eliminating ballistic gaps and find out structural weak points already at the armour design stage.
All 3D models of the protection cells are made by our engineering team using quality modern CAD applications, which allows eliminating ballistic gaps and structural weak points already at the design stage.
Traditional methods to design armouring schemes – making templates to cover the car body and then cut the same plates from the steel – are error prone as there's very little possibility to evaluate ballistic tightness and mechanical robustness of the construction.
The 3D model is used later on to determine the targets for shots during the tests – the only way to ensure the quality of an armored vehicle is to subject it to real ballistic and blast tests.
GSV has been producing bulletproof vehicles for almost 6 years. During this period, we have been constantly adapting our approach to armouring to ever-changing technology. Since 2015, our production process has been improved and optimized in a way allowing us to serve customers most efficiently. By implementing transparent policies and procedures, we are able to effectively organize and control the armouring steps keeping our turnaround time at the very top of the industry. Our ability to streamline complex processes sets us apart of our competitors and ensures the highest quality of our products.
“We build our vehicles utilizing only the highest quality materials,
including the latest composite light-weight armour solutions.”
To provide the highest level of protection, GSV implements a full assortment of advanced defensive technologies. We build our vehicles utilizing only the highest quality materials, including the latest composite light-weight armor solutions. The materials chosen for each vehicle are selected in accordance with the client’s desired level of protection. One of the advantages of our manufacturing process is the ability to provide a vehicle which will maintain its original appearance and performance.
Our production process involves three main stages such as preparatory, armoring and finalization. At each of these stages we have implemented strict quality control procedures ensuring the highest quality of our vehicles. In order to follow our mission of saving lives and fulfill our vision of guaranteeing the peace of mind in safety and security, we are committed to further review and enhance our production process and armouring technologies striving towards continuous improvement.
STAGE 1 (PREPARATION)
Following our commitment to provide clients with the vehicles, which would offer the ultimate in protection and operational capabilities, we always start production process with engineering and design. Our professional engineering team designs all materials required for armoring using 3D software. After that the design project is submitted for precision laser and cutting. At GSV, we only use certified materials. All our components are tested by independent laboratories as well as by our trained staff at the shooting range. Once components are ready, we completely strip the vehicle down to its bare frame, inspect OEM parts and organize them in individual storage.
STAGE 2 (ARMOURING STAGE)
We start actual process of armouring with adding armor plates or light-weight composites to the roof, floor, side walls and rear area. The vehicles is equipped with the unique GSV overlap systems installed in all vehicle openings and gaps between the doors and the vehicle’s frame. The door hinges, suspension and window mechanism systems are also modified and reinforced to handle the added weight of the armour. Finally, the vehicle is outfitted with our run-on - flat tire system.
STAGE 3 (FINALIZING)
Once the vehicle is fully armoured, it is upholstered with plastic, wood or leather in accordance with the requirements of the customer. Our technicians pay special attention to small details in order to ensure the beauty of the finished product. If it is required, at this stage we also add special options such as sirens, pepper-spray system, spotlights, etc. Once the vehicle is fully re-assembled, it undergoes a strict quality control process. All vehicles are inspected by a trained team responsible for ensuring that the vehicle meets all armoring standards as well as performance and craftsmanship levels.
A woven type light weight fabric that is “ultra-malleable” that can be shaped perfectly into seams/corners of the vehicle for lower level protection and back-splashed with ballistic steel or ceramic to achieve higher protection.
A specially-laminated Polyethene material is a composite material with light weight characteristics, and it is typically about ¼ the weight of ballistic steel. Aside from its higher price than ballistic steel, it is considerably thicker, thereby making it difficult to reupholster the interior in an OEM fashion on selected model SUVs and sedans. GSV applies its unique and patented technique in incorporating this material to many of its armored vehicles to achieve lighter weight and better results at the end.
The most common choice of opaque material used in armoring vehicles. GSV frequently uses the special certified lightweight ballistic steel in conjunction with some other composite ballistic material to achieve the lightest armored vehicles in the world. Majority of the vehicles armored by GSV are at level A9/B6+ with the ballistic steel being approximately ¼” or 5/16” thick.
The application GSV sues, whenever recommended on certain area of a vehicle are Aluminum Carbide, Silicon Carbide and Boron Carbide. All are significantly lighter than steel, yet preferred for certain vehicle armoring applications with varying results.