• Sep 23, 2010
Jeep J8 undergoes ballistic tests – Click above for high-res image gallery

In its ongoing quest to return the Jeep name to its military roots, Chrysler has just put the J8 through ballistic and blast certification. The company says that its using a new manufacturing technique by hot-forming steel to create a protective shell for the vehicle. Sounds fancy, and evidently it's tough enough to take the kind of abuse necessary to be awarded BRV 2009 VR7 ballistic protection certification. What does all that mean? No matter what your daily commute throws at you, chances are this beefed-up Wrangler will get you to work in one piece.

The J8 is currently being marketed to military, government and private security operations that require the kind of vehicle that can drive through a hail of small-arms fire without getting perforated. There are also a number other configurations available – everything from well-armed patrol vehicles to troop and cargo transports.

We wouldn't mind having one of each to play around with for a weekend... how about you? Thanks for the tip, Joe!



[Source: Jeep Facebook]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I could use one of those... I Live in Monterrey Mexico BTW
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is... actually pretty cool. Like, it feels like a Jeep being used for only utilitarian purposes, which is what Jeep is known for.

      I should say, this makes for more effective Jeep marketing, to me, than something like that commercial a little while back of all those ladies in Jeeps (just terrible commercial.) Jeep should always stand for capability, even if they have products like the Liberty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They shouldn't have products like the Liberty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or Rubicons...
      • 4 Years Ago
      YOU KNOW WHATS FUNNY, MY FRIEND JUST GAVE MY DAUGHTER WHO IS 24 A 1987 JEEP CHEROKE PIONEER, IT IS RUNNING GREAT, MADE OF STEEL, ONE TINY SPOT OF RUST, THE INTERIOR IS CLOTH AND IN ABSOLUTE PHENOMINAL CONDITION! A WELL MADE JEEP FOR SURE, IT HAS 90,000 MILES ON IT. THEY MADE THEM WELL BACK THEM.
      AND TO BOOT, WHEN THE JEEP WAS PARKED IN MY FRIENDS DRIVEWAY ON THE GRASS PART, I ACCIDENTLY PULLED IN BEHIND IT WITH MY NEW HONDA, PUSHED THE JEEP 2 FT. CREAMED THE FRON END OF MY HONDA, NO DAMAGE TO JEEP, GO FIGURE? CARS ARE MADE OUT OF PLASTIC TODAY AND EVEN THE NEW JEEPS, ITS A SHAME. NOTHING IS WELL MADE ANYMORE. THINGS WERE MADE WELL IN THE "OLDEN DAYS! AND 1987 WAS THE TURN AROUND YRS WHERE THEY STARTED CHINSING ON EVERYTHING SOON AFTER.
      SIZE MATTERS IN PRODUCTS TOO, SAME PRODUCT, SMALLER COSTS MORE, ITS A SHAME.........I'M REFERRING TO GOOD OLD OREO COOKIES AND SCOOTER PIES, REMEMBER THOSE? WELCOME TO THE CHEAP MADE TIMES AND IT WILL GET WORSE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man I'd like to have one of them to test out. I'm a highway striping contractor and you never know when some fool is going to squeeze off a shot while we're striping an Interstate at night. I'm sure it'd fit in my garage so get in touch with me Jeep !

      • 4 Years Ago
      Game Wardens across the country would love to have something like this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the US Military don't buy this its a shame.

      On a side note the guy who gets to shoot up those cars/trucks/suv's have the best job ever. lol
      edjj1234
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a matter of fact it would be great in South Omaha since all the Mexican gangs moved in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't forget your run-flat tires!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stick a gun turret on top and I'll take one.
      edjj1234
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey that be a great vevhile to drive through north Omaha with, Maybe, Just Maybe it would keep all gunshots out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The pictures of the test are pretty cool. Imagine if they were 'real' though, it's a scary thought.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think we may be looking at the replacement for the military grade Land Rover Defender. It may even also replace the Hummvee in some select applications.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Defender may be going away, but it's being replaced by a new, unibody Land Rover as far as we know. I'd love to see the British Military driving around in Jeeps... about as probably as the American Military driving around in Land Rovers.
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