04/28/2014: Update on export restrictions on Russia from the BIS, DOC:
WASHINGTON – As part of a series of sanctions announced today by the United States, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it is expanding its export restrictions on items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) in response to Russia’s continued actions in southern and eastern Ukraine. The Department of Commerce has also added 13 companies to the Entity List.
Effective immediately, BIS will deny pending applications for licenses to export or re-export any high technology item subject to the EAR to Russia or occupied Crimea that contribute to Russia’s military capabilities. In addition, the Department is taking actions to revoke any existing export licenses which meet these conditions. All other pending applications and existing licenses will receive a case-by-case evaluation to determine their contribution to Russia’s military capabilities.
In addition, 13 companies have been designated on the Entity List based on a determination they are involved, or pose a significant risk of becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States. Designation on the Entity List imposes a license requirement for the export, re-export or other foreign transfer of items subject to the EAR to the designated companies, with a presumption of denial.
Today’s additions to the Entity List are: Stroytransgaz Holding, located in Cyprus; Volga Group, located in Luxembourg and Russia; and Aquanika, Avia Group LLC, Avia Group Nord LLC, CJSC Zest, Sakhatrans LLC, Stroygazmontazh, Stroytransgaz Group, Stroytransgaz LLC, Stroytransgaz-M LLC, Stroytransgaz OJSC, and Transoil, all located in Russia.
The United States will continue to adjust its export licensing policies toward Russia as warranted by Russia’s actions in Ukraine. We urge Russia to honor the commitments it made in Geneva on April 17 to deescalate the situation in Ukraine.
OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL – Specially Designated Nationals List Update for 04/28/2014
The following individuals have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:
BELAVENCEV, Oleg Evgenyevich (a.k.a. BELAVENTSEV, Oleg); DOB 15 Sep 1949; Russian Presidential Envoy to the Crimean District; Member of the Russian Security Council (individual) [UKRAINE2].
CHEMEZOV, Sergei (a.k.a. CHEMEZOV, Sergey Viktorovich); DOB 20 Aug 1952; POB Cheremkhovo, Irkutsk, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].
KOZAK, Dmitry; DOB 07 Nov 1958; POB Kirovograd, Ukraine; Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (individual) [UKRAINE2].
MUROV, Evgeniy Alekseyevich (a.k.a. MUROV, Evgeny; a.k.a. MUROV, Yevgeniy; a.k.a. MUROV, Yevgeny); DOB 18 Nov 1945; POB Zvenigorod, Moscow, Russia; Director of the Federal Protective Service of the Russian Federation; Army General (individual) [UKRAINE2].
PUSHKOV, Aleksei Konstantinovich (a.k.a. PUSHKOV, Alexei); DOB 10 Aug 1954; Chairman of State Duma Committee on International Affairs (individual) [UKRAINE2].
SECHIN, Igor; DOB 07 Sep 1960; POB St. Petersburg, Russia (individual) [UKRAINE2].
VOLODIN, Vyacheslav; DOB 04 Feb 1964; POB Alexeyevka, Khvalynsk district, Saratov, Russia; First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office (individual) [UKRAINE2].
The following entities have been added to OFAC’s SDN List:
AQUANIKA (a.k.a. AQUANIKA LLC; a.k.a. LLC RUSSKOYE VREMYA; a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU RUSSKOE VREMYA; a.k.a. RUSSKOE VREMYA OOO; a.k.a. RUSSKOYE VREMYA LLC), 47A, Sevastopolskiy Ave., of. 304, Moscow 117186, Russia; 1/2 Rodnikovaya ul., Savasleika s., Kulebakski raion, Nizhegorodskaya oblast 607007, Russia; Website http://www.aquanika.com; alt. Website http://aquanikacompany.ru; Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org; Registration ID 1075247000036 [UKRAINE2].
AVIA GROUP LLC (a.k.a. AVIA GROUP LTD), Terminal Aeroport Sheremetyevo Khimki, 141400 Moskovskaya obl., Russia; Website http://www.avia-group.su/ [UKRAINE2].
AVIA GROUP NORD LLC, 17 A, Stratoyava St., Saint Petersburg, Russia; Website http://www.ag-nord.ru [UKRAINE2].
CJSC ZEST (a.k.a. ZEST LEASING), pr. Medikov 5, of. 301, St. Petersburg, Russia; 2 Liter a Pl. Rastrelli, St. Petersburg 191124, Russia; Website http://www.zest-leasing.ru; Registration ID 1027809190507; Government Gazette Number 44323193 [UKRAINE2].
INVESTCAPITALBANK (a.k.a. INVESTKAPITALBANK; a.k.a. OJSC INVESTCAPITALBANK; a.k.a. OPEN JOINT STOCK COMPANY INVESTCAPITALBANK), 100/1, Dostoevskogo Street, Ufa, Bashkortostan Republic 450077, Russia; SWIFT/BIC INAKRU41; Website http://www.investcapitalbank.ru; License 2377 [UKRAINE2].
JSB SOBINBANK (a.k.a. SOBINBANK), 15 Korp. 56 D. 4 Etazh ul. Rochdelskaya, Moscow 123022, Russia; 15/56 Rochdelskaya Street, Moscow 123022, Russia; SWIFT/BIC SBBARUMM; Website http://www.sobinbank.ru; Registration ID 1027739051009; Government Gazette Number 09610355 [UKRAINE2].
SAKHATRANS LLC (a.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S OGRANICHENNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU SAKHA (YAKUTSKAYA) TRANSPORTNAYA KOMPANIYA; a.k.a. SAKHATRANS OOO), 14 ul. Molodezhnaya Rabochi Pos. Vanino, 682860 Vaninski, Raion Khabarovski Krai, Russia [UKRAINE2].
SMP BANK (a.k.a. BANK SEVERNY MORSKOY PUT; a.k.a. SMP BANK OPEN JOINT-STOCK COMPANY), 71/11 Sadovnicheskaya Street, Moscow 115035, Russia; SWIFT/BIC SMBKRUMM; Website www.smpbank.ru; Email Address email@example.com [UKRAINE2].
STROYGAZMONTAZH (a.k.a. LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY STROYGAZMONTAZH; a.k.a. STROYGAZMONTAZH CORPORATION; a.k.a. “SGM”), 53 prospekt Vernadskogo, Moscow 119415, Russia; Website www.ooosgm.com; alt. Website www.ooosgm.ru; Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org [UKRAINE2].
STROYTRANSGAZ GROUP (a.k.a. STROYTRANSGAZ; a.k.a. “STG GROUP”), 3 Begovaya Street, Building #1, Moscow 125284, Russia; Website www.stroytransgaz.ru [UKRAINE2].
STROYTRANSGAZ HOLDING (a.k.a. STG HOLDING LIMITED; a.k.a. STG HOLDINGS LIMITED; a.k.a. STROYTRANSGAZ HOLDING LIMITED; a.k.a. “STGH”), 33 Stasinou Street, Office 2 2003, Nicosia Strovolos, Cyprus [UKRAINE2].
STROYTRANSGAZ LLC (a.k.a. OOO STROYTRANSGAZ), House 65, Novocheremushkinskaya, Moscow 117418, Russia [UKRAINE2].
STROYTRANSGAZ OJSC (a.k.a. OAO STROYTRANSGAZ), House 58, Novocheremushkinskaya St., Moscow 117418, Russia [UKRAINE2].
STROYTRANSGAZ-M LLC, 26th Meeting of the Communist Party Street, House 2V, Novy Urengoy, Tyumenskaya Oblast, Yamalo-Nenetsky Autonomous Region 629305, Russia [UKRAINE2].
THE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY INVESTMENT COMPANY ABROS (a.k.a. LLC IC ABROS), 2 Liter a Pl. Rastrelli, St. Petersburg 191124, Russia; Government Gazette Number 72426791; Telephone: 7812 3358979 [UKRAINE2].
TRANSOIL (a.k.a. LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY TRANSOIL; f.k.a. OBSHCHESTVO S ORGANICHERNNOI OTVETSTVENNOSTYU TRANSOIL; a.k.a. TRANSOIL LLC; a.k.a. TRANSOYL SNG LTD.), 18A Petrogradskaya nab., St. Petersburg 197046, Russia; Website http://www.transoil-spb.ru; alt. Website http://transoil.com; Email Address email@example.com; Registration ID 1037835069986 [UKRAINE2].
VOLGA GROUP (a.k.a. VOLGA GROUP INVESTMENTS; f.k.a. VOLGA RESOURCES; f.k.a. VOLGA RESOURCES GROUP), 3, rue de la Reine L-2418, Luxembourg; Russia [UKRAINE2].
Below is an article from Fox News Latino that features Texas Armoring Corporation. The original article can be accessed here: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2014/03/12/fear-and-violence-in-mexico-spur-boom-in-bulletproof-gear-and-armored-car/
By Nathaniel Parish Flannery | Published March 12, 2014 | Fox News Latino
The office towers of Mexico City’s Santa Fe neighborhood jut up into the sky, an elaborate arrangement of modern architecture encircled by weaving highways, shopping centers and parking lots. Separate from the rest of the city, Santa Fe provides residents and visitors with a sense of cold, clean, security and a smorgasbord of shopping opportunities.
The neighborhood is also home to the showroom of Miguel Caballero, a tactical clothing company that supplies various units of Mexico’s police with thick bulletproof vests. The company, like other private sector security service providers, is also embracing Mexico’s consumer market. In addition to creating full-body armor suits for assault teams and riot police, Miguel Caballero’s tailors handcraft elegant outerwear that is fitted with the company’s proprietary bulletproof technology.
Because of increased violence in Mexico, body armor has become the new fashion accessory among the country’s elite – many are wearing bulletproof vests to walk to the grocery store or drive to work in armored cars. And companies that make this equipment are witnessing a surge in sales, with stylish jackets being outfitted with vests that block bullets from AK-47s and luxury cars equipped with shatterproof windows.
Oscar Loaiza, a Colombian national who serves as Miguel Caballero’s Mexico Sales Director, walked in front of a rack of hangers holding up a selection of fitted undershirts, traditional police vests and finely tailored hunting jackets.
“We’ve got a pretty wide catalog,” he explained, adding that what sells the most in Mexico are the vests that are worn underneath the clothes.
“We’ve also got more casual designs that can be worn lightly but offer protection—such as the reporter’s jacket. A lot of reporters come to look at these,” he added.
Another variety is what he called “the Puffy Vest,” a blue vest with bulletproof panels that don’t bulge out, carefully tailored from smooth fabric with tags that read “Miguel Caballero” and “Mexico Boutique.”
“It’s very casual, you don’t even know it’s protective,” he said. “It’s for executives who leave meetings and dinners at ten at night.” They come in red, yellow and blue.
According to Loaiza, in Latin America at least eight presidents wear Caballero’s jackets, as Chavez and Uribe also did in their time. The most famous actor they’ve worked with is Steven Seagal, he explained.
“We also have sporting jackets—a lot of bodyguards wear these, you can see them outside the restaurants in Polanco wearing these. It’s a totally bulletproof jacket,” he said. “It can stop a 9MM a .38 a .22, but for an AK 47 it needs a special plate in addition – it’s a 12-inch plate that protects the organs. It can stop an AK 47,” he said, holding up a one and half inch thick plastic sheet.
These jackets, he said, look like any other sold on a Macy’s rack. The difference: the armored jacket costs thousands of dollars.
“This jacket could pass for a regular jacket. You know you have it on, you feel the protection, but it’s not noticeable. A businessman who goes out to a restaurant can put this on,” he explained.
Jason Forston is an executive vice president at the Texas Armoring Corporation, a company that builds bulletproof cars. “We have clients on both sides of the border,” he said. “Mexico has always been a good market and lately it’s been even better.”
Although in terms of annual homicides, Mexico’s security dynamic has improved in recent years, extortion, kidnapping and robbery continue to be viewed as serious concerns by many citizens.
“In the last six months of 2012 we saw a [sales] spike of 10-15 percent,” Forston explained. “Most of our clients are private sector. We focus on wealthy individuals, executives, business owners,” he added.
According to Jose Eduardo Llanos, chairman of the Mexican Automotive Bulletproofing Association, the private sector [demand] is growing.” Estimates he provided show that in 2012 Mexicans purchased close to 2,500 bulletproof cars.
“Usually they’re luxury cars and 80 percent are SUVs,” Llanos explained.
“Before we used to bulletproof a lot of luxury cars, but now the trend is for a lower profile. Now it’s more Toyotas, Mazdas, Suburbans,” he said.
While the benefits of bulletproofing a car are obvious, the price tag of between “US$35,000 and US$100,000 can be a major obstacle for many clients here.
“It’s for people with money in conflict zones,” Llanos said. For Mexican armoring companies, the country’s capital, Mexico City, has always been the biggest market. “But now a lot go to Monterrey and Guadalajara,” two cities to the north, Llanos explained. For the Texas Armoring Corporation, most clients come from cities just south of the U.S. border.
“Unfortunately I think the market will keep growing,” Llanos said. “We predict the market will grow to provide new solutions for more people,” he added.
Land Rover’s new fourth generation Range Rover SUPERCHARGED (full-size, now available with standard or long wheelbase) is unmistakably Range Rover. The underlying chassis and updated, aluminum body have been developed from the ground up to provide ultimate luxury, following the innovative spirit of the original design from over 40 years ago. Texas Armoring Corporation has armored several fourth generation Range Rover units with excellent results–below is a sample gallery showcasing one of our recently completed units with our full, Premium T6 Ultra-Lightweight Armoring Package which is designed to defeat the following threats:
High-Power Rifle Threats
7.62x63mm (.30-06), M1906 Ball [M1903 Springfield] | 7.62x54mmR, FMJ [Dragunov SVD] | 7.62x51mm NATO (.308), M80 Ball FMJ [FAL] | 5.56x45mm NATO (.223), M193 FMJ [M16] | 7.62x39mm, FMJ [AK-47]
Handgun and Shotgun Threats
.38 Special, FMJ [S&W M15] | 9x19mm, FMJ [Glock 17] | .357 Magnum, JHP [Colt Python] | .45 ACP, FMJ [M1911] | .44 Magnum, JHP [S&W M29] | 12 ga., Slug [Shotgun]
Additionally, you can download the complete OEM brochure with specifications here, or you can view the brochure in gallery format below:
UPDATE: See Yahoo! News’ coverage of this story here, or watch the video below:
Many of you have probably seen the new shocking Live Leak video of a motorist driving a Range Rover in New York City. In the video, the driver has a frightening confrontation with a large group of motorcyclists who create a road block by surrounding the vehicle, repeatedly try to force open the car doors, and spawn a chase that lasts several minutes. The chase ends as the driver is violently pulled out of his vehicle and is severely beaten in the street in front of his wife and five-month-old child. Although we don’t have all the facts (see Daily Mail article for more details) and we weren’t able to see what happened before the initial confrontation occurred, from a security perspective, our goal with this post is to analyze the situation and provide important feedback to clients and potential clients regarding how to react if faced with a similar scenario. We also want to demonstrate how armoring can help a motorist stay safe while under this type of attack (jump to TAC demo video).
It’s relevant to note that the man driving the Range Rover was traveling with his wife and small child in the vehicle and likely feared for his life and those of his loved ones while being chased by this pack of motorcyclists. The video begins with a group of bikers surrounding the Range Rover, slowing down in front of it to create a roadblock, and trying to force the vehicle to stop. One of the bikers appears to taunt the driver and intentionally slows down, forcing a small collision to occur. Normally, the right the thing to do in the event of a collision is to get out and exchange insurance information—obviously, that’s not a wise decision when you’re surrounded by a gang of angry bikers who apparently hold some ill will against you.
The first mistake we notice in the video is that the man driving the Range Rover (Alexian Lien) allows a forced stop by the gang group of bikers. One of the initial concepts that we teach our clients is to NEVER STOP the vehicle and to always keep moving in the event of an attack.
Fortunately (for Mr. Lien), after one of the motorcyclists tries to open the door to his vehicle, he steps on the gas and temporarily escapes. Unfortunately (for the bikers), the Range Rover made short work of the motley crew and plowed through what appears to be a couple of bikes and one of the riders.
While we don’t know what was happening inside the vehicle after the Range Rover escaped the initial confrontation, our recommended course of action would have been to keep driving on the freeway as long as possible while calling the police and allowing them time to respond and defuse the situation. We don’t know if the driver did that or not, but avoiding a high-speed conflict is always preferable to a tactical Hollywood car chase. While waiting for the police is great, in a dangerous scenario where you’re being chased by bikers, sometimes that isn’t an option.
For our clients, one of the second concepts we teach is to USE YOUR VEHICLE TO YOUR TACTICAL ADVANTAGE—employ evasive driving techniques, ram potential attackers off the road, go off-road if possible where your pursuers can’t follow, and use the defensive capabilities of your car as an offensive deterrent. If the vehicle is equipped, use defensive counter-measures:
- Engage the secure-door-deadbolt-locking system to prevent forced extraction of your, your associates, or your loved ones from the vehicle.
- Active the siren/strobe light system to draw attention, move traffic out of your path, and intimidate/deter attackers.
- Turn on the electric-shocking door handles to keep assailants from opening your doors.
- Deploy the smokescreen system to lose pursuers and mask your getaway.
- Activate the road-spike strip system to burst the tires of your attackers.
- And if all else fails, make good use of your dual ram bumpers and get away by all means necessary.
One of the third concepts that we teach our clients is ALWAYS BE ARMED. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a legal option for Mr. Lien due to NYC’s Draconian, oppressive gun laws. Had Mr. Lien been armed, this entire scenario could have ended much differently and his attackers might have been deterred from the onset of the conflict.
Obviously, the biggest asset that would have helped Mr. Lien to stay safe in this situation and any other life threatening attack while driving is an armored vehicle. Near the end of the video, the bikers eventually force the driver to stop, smash the door windows, pull Mr. Lien out the vehicle, and brutally assault him in front of his wife and infant child.
If Mr. Lien’s vehicle had been armored, the bikers likely would have never been able to penetrate the glass and the vehicle’s occupants could have remained safe inside until help arrived.
Below is a video demonstration showing how armored glass reacts after being struck repeatedly by a hard object and then shot. We took two of our toughest guys, one with armed with a motorcycle helmet like in the video and the other armed with a steel pipe, and let them try to break through the glass. After they gave the glass a beating, we let our sharp shooter blast the window with a 9mm pistol. We won’t give away the ending, but you can imagine how different Alexian Lien’s experience might have been if his vehicle were armored.
Life is Valuable. Protect It.
TAC was recently featured on the the Science Channel’s “Outrageous Acts of Science.” Watch the video below to learn what went on behind the scenes in our epic viral video “This is what it’s like to be shot at with an AK-47!”
As part of our ongoing export compliance efforts, our management recently drafted an updated Export Policy Statement in an effort to drive home the importance of following export law to our employees, contractors, and company representatives. As a proud American company, we take our country’s national security and corresponding Export Administration Regulations very seriously. We also encourage others in our industry to have integrity and to strictly follow the Export Administration Regulations as outlined by the U.S. Government. Below is the full text of the statement issued by Texas Armoring management, along with a download link for convenience:
Texas Armoring Corporation Export Policy Statement
In support of national security, U.S. and global efforts to fight the battle against terrorism, and the legal responsibilities and business interests of this company, Texas Armoring Corporation has implemented export control procedures that all company employees are required to follow. Texas Armoring Corporation is committed to compliance with all export controls in the Export Administration Act and the Export Administration Regulations. This commitment extends to promoting strict compliance on an on-going basis with terms and conditions. Texas Armoring Corporation supports U.S. efforts to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Special care must be taken to prevent any transaction with entities involved in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and prohibited activities involving missile, nuclear, chemical and biological warfare.
It is Texas Armoring Corporation policy that all employees, comply with the United States export policies and regulations. Under no circumstances will exports be made contrary to U.S. export regulations by any individual operating on behalf of Texas Armoring Corporation. No transactions are to be initiated with individuals on the Denied Persons List or with any firms owned by or associated with those parties. The Denied Persons List identifies parties who have been denied export privileges. No exports will be made to parties on the Entity List or any other person or organization that is suspected to be involved in activities covered under the Enhanced Proliferation Control Initiative.
Employees, contractors, and company representatives outside the United States may not re-export any commodity, technology, or software unless appropriate authorization has been obtained, and this includes foreign-produced items that are the direct product of U.S. technology and software and are subject to national security controls under the Export Administration Act. In sum, absolutely no sales must be made which are contrary to the Export Administration Regulations.
The United States government strictly regulates all exports of U.S. products (e.g., armored vehicles), technology, and software and the movements of U.S. origin commodities between foreign countries. Export controls are used to regulate the export and reexport of dual-use materials; commodities that have both a civilian and military application.
These controls are in place to prevent the distribution of dual-use technology that can compromise national security. Some of Texas Armoring Corporation’s products (i.e., “unarmed all-wheel drive vehicles capable of off-road use that . . . have been manufactured or fitted with materials to provide ballistic protection to level III (National Institute of Justice Standard 0108.01, September 1985) or better [and are controlled under ECCN 9A018.b]”) could be adapted for military use and are strictly controlled to prevent diversion to those interested in proliferating weapons of mass destruction or terrorist supporting entities. Additionally, some of Texas Armoring Corporation’s products are controlled for reasons of National Security (NS), Regional Stability (RS), Anti-Terrorism (AT), and due to the United Nations Embargo (UN). In today’s world and the ongoing efforts of the global war on terrorism, the need for heightened awareness of the control and use of these types of products is more critical than ever before.
All employees, contractors, and company representatives should remember that violations of the Export Administration Regulations can result in severe penalties for both business and individuals and denial of exporting privileges as follows:
Administrative Penalties: Each violation of the export control regulations can result in the imposition of civil penalties amounting to the greater of $250,000, or twice the value of each transaction.
Denial of Export Privileges: Violations of the Export Administration Regulations or the conditions of an export license may result in the denial of export privileges. This denial can restrict the ability of the company to engage in export or reexport transactions or restrict access to items subject to the Export Administration Regulations.
Criminal Penalties: Violators can be fined $1,000,000 and/or up to 20 years in prison.
Voluntary Self-Disclosures: BIS generally grants a reduction of at least 50% of the calculated penalty.
Texas Armoring Corporation is committed to compliance with all export controls in the Export Administration Act and the Export Administration Regulations and requires all employees to support that commitment. Failure by any employee to strictly adhere to the law and/or Texas Armoring Corporation’s export policies may result in the imposition of criminal and/or civil fines and penalties, including jail time and monetary penalties, and constitutes grounds for disciplinary action, including termination of employment.
I ask each of you to take this matter very seriously and to support me in this effort. If you have any questions concerning the legitimacy of a transaction or potential violations, please contact the following personnel:
EVP, Texas Armoring Corporation
210.333.0211 TEL | 210.333.0565 FAX
Note: This Statement of Corporate Commitment to Export Compliance will be issued on an annual basis or if necessitated by personnel changes, changes in management, or regulatory changes. A copy of the company’s EMCP manual will be available on the shared drive, or hard copies will be available in the front office.
Jason Forston is responsible for disseminating this Statement throughout the organization through Texas Armoring Corporation’s Export Management and Compliance Program Manual updates, incorporation into training and presentations, and posting on the Texas Armoring Corporation Intranet and Web site.
RONALD TRENT KIMBALL
President/CEO, Texas Armoring Corporation
210.333.0211 TEL | 210.333.0565 FAX
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TAC has a few armored cars with B6+ armor in stock now! It’s not often we have stock units ready for immediate delivery, so act quickly–these premium vehicles are in stock and ready for a quick sale.
Vehicles: Brand new, fully loaded 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic sedans, black/black with B6+ ultra-lightweight armoring
Cost: $250,000.00 USD/each unit
Quantity available: 2 (two units)
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Vehicle: Like new, fully loaded 2009 Cadillac Escalade ESV SUV with less than 500 miles, black/cashmere with B6+ ultra-lightweight armoring
Cost: $165,000.00 USD/each unit
Quantity available: 1 (one unit)
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San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) September 19, 2012 – Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), producer of the world’s finest lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced today that bulletproof vehicle sales are on the rise after Muslim protests erupted last week due to a short video which was posted online portraying the Prophet Mohammad in a negative light.
TAC Executive Vice President Jason Forston released, “Due to the recent violence and protests throughout the world, we’ve seen an explosive increase in armored car sales for U.S. citizens and others living and working abroad. Many of our customers are facing the threat of violence and are taking measures to protect themselves.”
Forston continued, “The current climate of political and economic uncertainty paired with unprecedented anti-U.S. sentiment from much of the Muslim world has made our clients fearful and has pushed them to increase their security and begin armoring their vehicles—in terms of risk mitigation, it’s the right move. General inquiries are up 400% over last year at this time, and we’ve already doubled our monthly sales quota for September half-way through the month. We’ve also seen increased demand for blast-resistant bulletproof SUVs to protect passengers from IED and bomb attacks.”
TAC President and CEO Trent Kimball announced, “Our business has been growing steadily and the latest spike in sales was unexpected, however, in light of these recent events and current developing global trends, we expect to see even more growth in the armored passenger vehicle segment of our market as more business owners, attorneys, physicians, diplomats, religious leaders, and politicians protect themselves against anti-U.S. violence. Many dignitaries that have not been provided armored vehicles as part of their security detail are purchasing personal armored cars at their own expense—we’ve never seen anything like this.”
Kimball concluded, “According to the Huffington Post, ‘Al-Qaida’s branch in North Africa on Tuesday called for attacks on U.S. diplomats and an escalation of protests . . . in Muslim countries.’ It’s statements like these and other violent protests in Asia, North Africa, the Middle East, and Indonesia that have made our international clients worried. Even clients in the U.S. are concerned, and we’re glad to meet the demand. We believe that life is valuable, and we’re glad to help our clients protect it.”
Texas Armoring Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. Texas Armoring specializes in lightweight armor, superior protection, remarkable finishing, and comprehensive support. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders.
SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), producer of the world’s finest lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced today a new line of special explosion-resistant SUVs in response to the recent string of bombings and terrorist attacks across West Africa and the Middle East. TAC officials reported that the new line of armored, blast-mitigating vehicles will be based on the Toyota Land Cruiser platform and will offer clients in areas like Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen an unprecedented amount of protection against undercarriage blasts, roadside explosions, IEDs, anti-personnel mines, and car bombs.
According to TAC, the vehicles and corresponding protection levels will be available as follows:
TAC LC50 – MSRP: $195,000.00 USD
The LC50 will feature TAC’s ground-breaking T6 ultra-lightweight armoring package along with a specially angled ballistic-steel undershield and spall liner to protect occupants against high-power rifle fire (7.62×39, .223. 7.62 NATO munitions), fragmentation mines, and small explosions. While all TAC armored vehicles offer protection against small explosives via the floorboards of the cabin area, the LC50 will provide an additional layer of protection on the outside of the vehicle to help dissipate the blast and more fully protect the occupants.
TAC LC100 – MSRP: $275,000.00 USD
The LC100 will feature TAC’s T7 ultra-lightweight armoring package along with a premium composite undershield co-developed with Bravo Zulu Services, Inc. While the LC50 will only be rated for the explosive equivalent of 3-4 hand grenades, the LC100 will boast stopping power of over 20 grenades (approx. 4 lbs. of high-explosive C4) and is designed to absorb the shockwave of the explosion so that it can’t pass through into the passenger compartment.
Bravo Zulu’s Jason Miller said of the LC100, “We’ve done something incredible here—Texas Armoring’s new offering will provide clients with military-grade blast protection and the comfort of a regular SUV.”
TAC President and CEO Trent Kimball added, “Nothing like this has ever been introduced in the market, and Bravo Zulu has done the research to ensure that our clients will be safer than we ever previously thought possible. The LC100 will stop armor-piercing rounds and multiple pounds of C4—it is serious, blast-eating protection and it is exactly what our clients need to stay safe from terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.”
TAC LC250 – MSRP: $595,000.00 USD*
The LC250 will feature TAC’s T8 heavy-duty protection package which defeats .50 caliber BMG rounds, a cutting-edge, specialized solution from Bravo Zulu for the undercarriage that will defeat 6-7 lbs. of C4 (approx. equivalent of 35 hand grenades), and a military-grade, advanced barrage-jammer which will protect occupants and any vehicles in the surrounding convoy from the most common bomb detonation threats.
TAC EVP Jason Forston stated, “The LC250 will be one of the world’s most expensive armored SUVs—however, it will also be one of the safest. Imagine having the ballistic protection of a military-grade off-road SUV, the blast protection of an armored fighting vehicle, and the barrage-jamming capability of a presidential convoy all rolled up into one inconspicuous looking SUV. In short, the LC250 would aide anyone looking to survive an unimaginable terrorist attack or doomsday scenario.”
*All sales subject to U.S. Government Approval. The LC250 is an ITAR restricted item and will require special U.S. State Dept. licensing
About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is the leading worldwide supplier of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom armored luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing armored cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call +1.210.333.0211.