Ballistic Protection

Why is it important?

A primary consideration for any civilian armoured vehicle is its ballistic protection. Ballistic weapons like the AK47 rifles, and ammunition like Armour Piercing Rounds, are real and are a major concern when operating in high threat areas of operation. The vehicle should be designed and built to protect against specific ballistic threats that are in line with the assessed risks that are present in the areas where the vehicle will operate.
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See What It's Like to be in a Vehicle Under Ballistic Attack

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will understand and be able to explain:

  • Components of Small Arms Ammunition

    the components that make up the small arms ammunition that are common threats to people operating civilian armoured vehicles in high threat areas of operations

  • What makes Ballistics So Dangerous

    The lethality of small arms ammunition

  • Sub-Fields of Ballistics

    The principles of Interior, Exterior and Terminal ballistics and their effect on materials used in civilian armoured vehicles.

  • International Ballistics Standards

    The international standards that are used to certify and verify the ballistic protection afforded by various security materials

  • Ballistics Protection in Civilian Armoured Vehicles

    The ballistic protection characteristics of a civilian armoured vehicle

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Introduction to Ballistics for Civilian Armoured Vehicles

  • 2

    Who is Armoured Consulting ?

  • 3

    Introduction to Ballistics for Civilian Armoured Vehicles

  • 4

    Lesson 1: What You Need To Know About Ammunition

    • Lesson 1.1 - The Anatomy of a Cartridge

    • Lesson 1.2: Ammunition Comes in a Variety Shapes and Sizes

    • Lesson 1.3: Different Rounds of Ammunition

    • Lesson 1.4: Projectiles also come in a Variety of Shapes and Sizes

    • Lesson 1.5: The Lethality of Round Nose vs Hollow Point Bullets

    • Test Your Learning from Lesson 1

  • 5

    Lesson 2: Interior Ballistics

    • Lesson 2.1: The Three (3) Sub-FIelds of Ballistics

    • Lesson 2.2: Interior Ballistics

    • Lesson 2.3: What Determines a Bullet's Muzzle Energy ?

    • Lesson 2.4: Calculating the Muzzle Velocity for Common Rounds of Military Ammunition

    • Test Your Learning from Lesson 2

  • 6

    Lesson 3: Exterior Ballistics

    • Lesson 3.1: Introduction to Exterior Ballistics

    • Lesson 3.2: Exterior Ballistics - The Movie

  • 7

    Lesson 4: Terminal Ballistics

    • Lesson 4.1: Introduction to Terminal Ballistics

    • Lesson 4.2: Terminal Ballistics as it Relates to Armoured Steel and Ballistic Glass

    • Lesson 4.3: Material Properties of Armoured Steel

    • Lesson 4.4: Toughness of Steel

    • Lesson 4.5: Hardness and Toughness. Is that all there is?

    • Lesson 4.6: Projectile Density

    • Test Your Learning from Lesson 4

  • 8

    Lesson 5: International Ballistic Protection and Test Standards

    • Lesson 5.1: The Many Factors that Influence Ballsitic Protection

    • Lesson 5.2: Levels of Ballistic Protection for Vehicles

    • Lesson 5.2.1: Ballistic Protection Levels

    • Lesson 5.3: International Ballistic Test Standards

    • Test Your Learning from Lesson 5

  • 9

    Lesson 6: Bringing It All Together

    • Lesson 6.1: Bringing It All Together

    • Lesson 6.2: Armoured Materials Provide Ballistic Protection

    • Lesson 6.3: Watch an Actual Ballistic Attack on a Vehicle

    • Lesson 6.4: RECAP - Armoured Steel Interior and Ballistic Glass

  • 10

    Summary and Credits

    • Summary and Thanks for Participation in the Course

  • 11

    Next steps

    • Congratulations! Here's What's Next

    • Before you go...

Duration of Course

The course consists of a number of video lectures. You are welcome to look through these at your pace. There are also a number of quizzes throughout the course to help you assess your knowledge and retention of the important information. Overall, the course should take you less than 75 minutes to complete.

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Enroll now to discover the nature and threats from ballistics and how the civilian armoured vehicle is designed and built to provide ballistic protection