SVI Engineering has announced it has conducted VPAM 7 ballistic testing on the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 as part of the South African armoured-vehicle specialist’s latest armouring project – a B6-armoured LC 300. Watch the company fire rounds at the previous-generation Land Cruiser below…

SVI Land Cruiser 300
The latest project from SVI will see the LC300 equipped with a B6 armouring kit.

According to the firm, the lessons learned during testing the Land Cruiser 200 will be implemented on the LC300 project. “The only way to know is to conduct independent testing on the complete vehicle primarily focusing on the possible weak areas for example the door and glass edges, door locks and air vents to name a few. The lessons learned are implemented on the latest B6 SVI project in the form of a brand-new Toyota Land Cruiser 300,” said SVI CEO Jaco de Kock. According to SVI, the development of the LC300 project is going well.

“The lessons learned are implemented on the Land Cruiser 300”

As a reminder, earlier this year, the engineering company announced it has purchased a new Land Cruiser to develop a “discreet” armouring kit for the Japanese car manufacturer’s flagship SUV. The B6 armouring package comprises 38 mm armoured glass and special armoured steel plates in combination with composite materials. 

Owing to the predicted additional mass of 600 kg, the Land Cruiser 300 will also receive upgrades to its suspension setup. The company says this will provide protection against rounds fired from AK47, R5 and R1 assault rifles. Although the final cost of the armouring package for the Land Cruiser 300 still needs to be determined, SVI expects a price of “around” R900 000 (excluding VAT) for the 360-degree B6 armouring solution.