Street Use

Improvised Truck Armor

It would be hard to find a better example of “street use” than these hardened street trucks outfitted for desert war. A guy named Defensor Fortis, who was stationed in Iraq, posted some photos on Flickr of truck modifications performed by contractors. These are desperate attempt to protect a factory-issue truck from roadside bombs or enemy fire. They also boast their own artillery posts to return fire. When asked about the effectiveness of the jerry-rigged armor Defensor said, “I have seen no proof, but I imagine they’re fairly safe from small arms fire and more than like fitted with “run flat” tires.”

This one is a Ford Super Duty gun truck in Southern Iraq (Mar 06).

In southern Iraq a modified GMC truck used by a British company, April 06.

In June 06, a gun truck in southern Iraq.

From the rear gun ports you can notice the armor plate behind the glass.

Posted on August 9, 2006 at 9:49 pm | comments

  • Joel

    From personal experience I can tell you that the modifications were probably made with localy available mild steel plates. These modifications are probably going to provide decent protection for blast and fragmentation but not for small arms fire. Small arms ammunition has decent penetration on this kind of mild steel. Unless the rounds strike at a shallow angle they will likely punch through. Given that the greatest threat is from roadside bombs it will probably suffice.

  • Joel

    I forgot to add in my earlier comment that I saw no run flat tires in use. Several of the contractor vehicles had at least two, and many three, spares mounted. In the first two pictures you can see two spares mounted for quick access but there may well be the original spare still mounted under the bed of the vehicle.