The Armored Vehicle Course (AVC) is designed to complement our Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) Course for Drivers operating an Armored Vehicle (AV) in High Threat and/or High Crime Environments. Due to the Higher Center of Gravity and added weight of the AV, emphasis is placed on Fundamental Vehicle Control skill sets to include Serpentine, Swerve-to-Avoid, Threshold Braking, and Skid Control. In addition, our Fundamental Vehicle Control training consists of High Speed Evasive Driving, Ambush Survivability, Attack Recognition, and scenario based attack training.
Fundamental Vehicle Control
Students will learn how to understanding the driver/vehicle relationship. The areas that will be emphasized are vehicle language, weight and traction transfer, the importance of proper eye location, body position, hand management, straight braking, braking-in-turns, swerving to avoid objects, ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) and off-road recoveries. They will also be taught the difference between over steer and under steer and how they are controlled by skid recovery.
Backing “Y” & “J” Turns
Students will learn straight line backing while maneuvering around obstacles at high rates of speed in conjunction with conducting “Y” and/or “J” turns.
Driver Down – Passenger Front Seat Driving
Students will learn the skills to acquire, maintain control and escape an attack while operating the vehicle from the passenger seat.
Technical/Street Line Driving
Students will apply Fundamental Vehicle Control skills, vehicle dynamics, weight and traction control as well as dealing with adrenaline and stress management. Positively using “line theory” to accurately read and negotiate a road way at elevated speeds while adjusting their “line” for opposing traffic.
Barricade Breaching (RAM)
Students will learn ramming through a vehicle that has created a barricade that is blocking your path of travel.
Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) /
Armored Vehicle (AV) Familiarization
Students will be challenged with all of the Fundamental Vehicle Control exercises in High-Center of Gravity SUV & AV. This portion of the training will help them recognize the differences of driver inputs and capabilities of this style of vehicle.
Students will learn how to analyze a possible threat by studying historical case and attacks on individuals and their vehicles and be able to recognize the attack indicators. They will understand the importance of having the mental mindset and the situational awareness in order to make a quick decision and execute an escape maneuver.
Students will conduct multiple attack scenarios in the SUV and be expected to execute an escape maneuver. These exercises will be repeated with several different examples while both as the driver and as the passenger. This will help reinforce the correct reaction response while identifying how our first human response may not always be.
Students will be tested in the AV on their ability to correctly respond to close to real world vehicle attack scenarios by the use of paintball, blank ammunition and roadside IED. The students will be given the opportunity to not only drive, but to observe others.