Former US Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard Meyer, aboard the RhinoRUNNER® in Iraq. (March 2005)
The trusted RhinoRUNNER® transported prisoners involved in the Iraqi Special Tribunal between areas of confinement and the location of the tribunal: Sadaam Hussein, and his henchmen, Ali Hassan Abd al‐Majid al‐Tikriti (aka Chemical Ali), and Awad Hamed al‐Bandar.
- Offers protection from direct fire weapons up to NIJ Level IV, EN B7.
- Allows defender to return fire
- Available in sheet sizes or cut to specific dimensions
- Applications include vehicles to buildings
- ONEWAY® Return Fire Glass is available exclusively from the Armour Group
- Armour Group products are designed, fabricated and manufactured entirely in the United States
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Armour Group, Inc., designs and manufactures armored buses for personnel transport in high-risk areas of the world. Our famous armored bus, RhinoRUNNER®, is designed to protect occupants from small arms fire and armor piercing rounds. It is field–proven to protect against improvised explosive devices and hand grenades. Field–tested to withstand bomb and improvised explosive device threats. Designed and manufactured to maximize protection at the lowest possible weight and cost.
RhinoRUNNER® can be configured to accommodate 19 to 40 passengers and is available in 4x4 all wheel drive and 6x6 all wheel drive versions. RhinoRUNNER® is built using common off the shelf parts that are readily available to reduce life cycle support cost.
Dec 8, 2004 truckseries.com
Route Irish is the heavily traveled, and highly dangerous road between the secure Green Zone in Baghdad and Baghdad International Airport. There have been so many ambushes and IED explosions on that route in the past few months that the U.S. Embassy announced on December 2, 2004 that State Department personnel will be forbidden from traveling that route, and must use helicopters instead. Military and civilian contractor personnel will continue to use the heavily armored RhinoRUNNER® buses manufactured by Armour Group, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
On November 27, 2004, a convoy of three RhinoRUNNER® buses were midway to the airport on Route Irish when a suicide bomber driving a BMW sedan, heavily laden with explosives, veered in between the lead RhinoRUNNER®, and the second Runner. From a distance of approximately 2 meters from the second bus, the terrorist detonated the explosives, estimated to be more than 250 pounds in weight. The huge explosion generated a crater more than 6 feet in diameter and 2 feet deep in the asphalt road, and created a dust cloud 1,000 feet long which took several minutes to dissipate.
There were 17 military and civilian contractor passengers, plus a driver, on the second RhinoRUNNER® bus at the time of the explosion. In the face of what veteran Army officers described as a “massive explosion,” we are proud to announce that there were no injuries whatsoever, due to the great strength of the RhinoRUNNER® design, and unique, patented, method of construction.
An army captain with nearly one year’s service in Iraq, who has made numerous trips back and forth on this route on a RhinoRUNNER®, was on board the second bus that morning, and had this to say in an emotional letter to Armour Group, Inc. personnel:
I am writing you to thank you for saving my life. While traveling to the airport in one of your RhinoRUNNER® buses, a civilian vehicle suddenly veered close to my bus, which was very unusual, then cut closely in front of us.
Before anyone could react, the driver detonated a huge bomb, and we were engulfed in a large sea of orange flames, and the bus severely rocked. I quickly checked the other passengers for injuries, and found them all to be OK, with the exception of some sore ear drums. Area soldiers quickly escorted us from the RhinoRUNNER®, and as I left the bus, I saw a large crater, but absolutely no sign of the suicide vehicle...it had been completely obliterated. Soldiers later found the nearly 400 pound engine 100 yards from the explosion site.
- Unique vehicle design available only from Armour Group, Inc.
- Composite armor and transparent ONEWAY® Return Fire Glass provide up to NIJ Level IV / EURO B7 protection
- Configurable from 19–40 seats, as a mobile command and control center or mobile hospital
- Combat proven technology
- Withstands the test of time in the harshest of combat conditions
- Protection against armor piercing bullets, bomb, and IED threats
- Combat–proven design to protect and save lives
- Designed and manufactured to maximize protection at the lowest possible weight and cost
I want to thank you and your employees for building such a strong and safe bus. It saved my life, for sure. I had only been in Iraq for two weeks. The tremendous explosion of the bomb made me think my visit was terminated. If I had been in any other vehicle, I would have been `jelly.’ Thanks again for saving my life.
Armour Group received several phone calls a couple of days after the bombing from a civilian contract engineer who had been riding in the back of the lead bus. The engineer was riding in a second generation RhinoRUNNER® which carries 23 passengers plus driver—no one was injured. Armour Group announced soon thereafter that it had just received another order for eleven more RhinoRUNNER® buses. They were in service within weeks.
Armour Group company president sent the brave officer an email expressing Armour Group’s great pride in designing and building a versatile vehicle which continues to save U.S. lives, and adding that all U.S. citizens, thank him and all of the other men and women of the armed forces for their dedicated and heroic service to our country, and for their personal and physical sacrifices made on a daily basis in Iraq and Afghanistan.