Home Defender - - Contents - BY CHRIS CASTRO

Blend in, or stand out, HD takes a look at the some of the most ad­vanced ar­mored cars and trucks in the mar­ket.


Your home is your safe haven. It’s what you work so hard for. It also hap­pens to be one of the largest long-term in­vest­ments you’ll ever make. But truth be told, home own­er­ship is a fi­nan­cial mar­riage courted by a 15- or 30-year mort­gage, and many of us will work just as hard to pay it off as we will to pro­tect it.

For most of us, a large part of pay­ing off the house means leav­ing it to go to work, and that’s where this ar­ti­cle comes into play. In Home De­fender, we typ­i­cally show­case and chron­i­cle the lat­est and great­est weapons and tech­nol­ogy for your home – but this time around we’re show­cas­ing some of the finest ar­mored ve­hi­cles we’ve laid eyes on.

While this fea­ture will mes­mer­ize most, some purists may won­der what in the hell this has to do with home de­fense. It’s sim­ple: A “home de­fense” plan is merely a seg­ment of a com­plete “per­sonal pro­tec­tion” plan – and ar­mored cars are an ex­ten­sion of that. Of course, the ve­hi­cles we’re fea­tur­ing are re­served for those with deep pock­ets, but the pro­tec­tion, men­tal se­cu­rity and peace of mind they of­fer are price­less. We were granted ac­cess to some of the most in­cred­i­ble ar­mored cars and trucks we’ve laid eyes on. Some of them can blend in on the free­way, while oth­ers are down­right be­he­moths that would be per­fect for an A-list Hol­ly­wood pro­duc­tion.

The com­pany re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing these ve­hi­cles is INKAS Ar­mored Ve­hi­cle Man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Based out of Toronto, INKAS Ar­mored Ve­hi­cle Man­u­fac­tur­ing was es­tab­lished in 1993. Since then, they have been sup­ply­ing banks, law en­force­ment agen­cies and VIPs with the best in ar­mored ve­hi­cles. From Dodge Sprint­ers, Ford Econo­line 350s to Freight­lin­ers, Fords, Lexus sedans and Toy­otas, these ve­hi­cles are all crafted out of their 60,000 square foot man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity.

INKAS Ar­mored man­u­fac­tures a wide range of ar­mored ve­hi­cles and bul­let­proof cars, in­clud­ing ar­mored SUVs,

lux­ury cars and lim­ou­sines, tac­ti­cal ve­hi­cles, cash-in-tran­sit ve­hi­cles, ar­mored buses and trucks. INKAS also pro­duces ar­mored spe­cial pur­pose mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles for its com­mer­cial and in­sti­tu­tional clients on a global scale.

All of their ve­hi­cles un­dergo bal­lis­tic test­ing at its in-house shoot­ing range, and some of their wildest cre­ations in­clude The Sen­try, an ar­mored per­son­nel car­rier that is avail­able for the armed forces or any other law en­force­ment agency. So while some of these ve­hi­cles are not avail­able for pub­lic use, the ar­ti­cle does give us a chance to dream, while also giv­ing those with deep pock­ets the abil­ity to buy more civ­i­lized ver­sions.

From VIPs to multi­na­tional dig­ni­taries, these ar­mored ve­hi­cles are the ul­ti­mate form of trans­porta­tion and they of­fer read­ers a glimpse into the pos­si­bil­i­ties of ve­hic­u­lar safety – so long as they have the bud­get for it. For more in­for­ma­tion, or to see their full ve­hi­cle lineup please visit them on­line at www.inkasar­



The INKAS Ar­mored Cadillac Escalade come equipped with the Chair­man in­te­rior pack­age. Its most no­tice­able fea­ture is the ad­di­tion of a 4-inch raised roof, a cus­tom-fab­ri­cated in­te­rior as well as 360-de­gree bal­lis­tic ar­mor­ing.

Oc­cu­pants can feel at ease in the cap­tain style heated and cooled leather seats with mas­sage sys­tems, a cus­tom­ized bar, in­no­va­tive light sys­tem as well as ad­vanced mul­ti­me­dia and au­dio sys­tems. Fur­ther­more, the par­ti­tion be­tween the driver and the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment con­tains a built-in LED screen al­low­ing for max­i­mal form and func­tion.

The ve­hi­cle in­cor­po­rates perime­ter ar­mor­ing of the pas­sen­ger com­part­ment in or­der to pro­vide pro­tec­tion against 7.62mm, 308 Winch­ester FMJ am­mu­ni­tion, in ac­cor­dance with NIJ Standard 0108.01 Level 3 and/or CEN 1063 Level BR6. In or­der to en­sure that the ve­hi­cle’s fac­tory char­ac­ter­is­tics are left mostly in­tact after ar­mor­ing, INKAS has up­graded the sus­pen­sion and brak­ing com­po­nents to en­sure max­i­mal ride qual­ity and con­trol. HD

Huron’s perime­ter ar­mor­ing of the 16-pas­sen­ger com­part­ment and en­gine bay is de­signed to pro­vide pro­tec­tion against 7.62×51 SC am­mu­ni­tion, 7.62×51 M80 NATO Ball am­mu­ni­tion and tested to meet NIJ-STD-0108.01 Level III / CEN Level B6 bal­lis­tic stan­dards.

The Huron APCs well-proven of­froad ca­pa­bil­i­ties are much in part due to a 8.3L Pac­car En­gine and a 10-speed au­to­matic or man­ual trans­mis­sion. The OEM body of the ve­hi­cle was re­placed with a fully re-de­signed body by INKAS Ar­mored Ve­hi­cle Man­u­fac­tur­ing.

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