Electric Fuel Corporation has launched a new armoured Mercedes Vario 815D minibus from MDT. The vehicle has passed a three-week test at the Israeli Defence Force testing facilities and the company says that manufacturing has begun for various customers with backlog orders reaching the $1 million level.

Earlier this quarter, Electric Fuel acquired a majority stake in MDT Protective Industries Ltd., an Israeli vehicle armouring company.

Electric Fuel says that the armoured Vario 815D provides passenger compartment 360 degree protection from AK 47 and M-16 gunfire.

The company says that every effort was taken in the design of the armouring process to retain the original vehicle’s “look and feel”. It adds that impact on vehicle performance, payload, geometry, stability and handling is minimised; retaining the manufacturer’s specifications. The exterior remains virtually intact.

“The MDT armoured Vario 815D offers the highest level of protection from gunfire,” commented Electric Fuel’s President and CEO Yehuda Harats on the new product. “MDT armoured vehicles have encountered battlefield and terror attacks and have proven to provide outstanding protection to their passengers.”

To find out more about Mercedes-Benz armouring capability / existing armoured product offerings, technical requirements, market trends globally plus much more, click here: The Global Market Review for Armoured Passenger Vehicles

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