FDS Vehicle Borne Intervention Platforms are specifically designed and developed in support of Operations that involve reactive intervention by Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Hostage Rescue Units (HRU’s) and Counter Terrorist (CT) teams.


FDS VBIS systems are modular and multirole. They are designed to answer various operational requirements specifically tailored to suit the individual needs of a particular team such as police, law enforcement agencies, security forces and first responder emergency services teams. 


FDS VBIS systems are designed for quick and easy configuration onto the host vehicle. The detachable and man handled designs allowed the user to assign the host vehicle for multiple roles and duties.  


The VBIS is designed to be integrated with FDS Modular Armour Protection System (MAPS) in order to provide the operators with a degree of zoned ballistic protection.


The VBIS systems are designed for multi role operations and are capable of operating against the following types of targets.

Forward assault

The FAR is a 2.7 metre lightweight ramp with safety hand rails; manufactured from lightweight high grade aluminium and non-slip grip meshing. The FAR is raised by a manual or hydraulic ram fitted assistor and held into position with quick release locking pins.  The FAR can be fitted with the Platform (FEP) for direct forward assault and entry.  It is also used as the launch point for the Fast Rope System.  The FAR can also be fitted with the Tactical Intervention / Assault Ladder (TAL) for direct forward assault to multiple storeys.

For tactical intervention / assault into buildings, the system is provided with modular fitment points for the TAL ladder. The TAL is a multi-level sectional – extendable ladder that has been designed specifically for use by intervention and assault teams.  Its maximum height capability is 5m when used directly from the ground.  When used mounted to the vehicle it has the maximum height capability of 8.5m.  The TAL can be fitted directly to the main assault platform area of High Capacity Pick-Up (HCPU) and for roof mounting onto the Roof Assault Platform (RAP) (or side assault), to the FAR for direct forward assault and to the Ladder Turn-Table Assembly (LTA).
Height adjustable frame (HAF)


The HAF is a gas-strut assited height adjustable frame that allows the operators to preset the operational height of the Forward Assault Ramp (FAR). The HAF is mounted to the vehicle interface bracket by quick release pins.

Side Mounted Ladder Platforms

For some tactical applications the side mounted personnel platforms are utilised as standing points for operators on the side of the vehicle.  

Tactical Intervention Ladder


Aircraft Gantry System

For aircraft (and buildings) the use of the Tactical Assault Ladder (TAL) is enhanced with the gantry system.  This system allows the user operators to easily access the aircraft doors (including 747 rear doors that normally can’t be accessed by ladder entry due to the shape of the fuselage).  The AGS is manufactured from high grade aluminium tube structure and in-filled with light weight aluminium non-slip grip meshing. 




Fast Rope System

The Fast Rope System (FRS) is a modular frame assembly that can be fitted within minutes and provides the operators with the capability of quickly deploying over compound walls and fence lines. 

Tactical Intervention Ladder

The LTA is a rotational device that provides the capability for rotating the ladder around 360 degrees.  This provides the user / operators with the capability of ladder entry onto an objective / target from any angle (i.e. the vehicle can approach at any angle to the target and the ladder can be deployed from angles to the left and right or direct forward).

Univeral Bridging System


The UBS has been designed as a multi-function platform for use from the top of the Forward Assault Ramp (FAR) or side mounting brackets fitted to the Roof Assault Platform or High Capacity Pick-Up (HCPU).  The UBS is the width of the TAL and locates into the same interface points around the vehicle providing forward bridging from the FAR and side bridging from the RAP and HCPU.

TARGE Ballistic Shields


The Forward Assault Ramp of the VBIS is designed to locate the Modular Armour Protection System (MAPS) TARGE system.  TARGE provides the operator with ballistic protection whilst dominating the area below (over a compound wall and barriers).

FDS have fitted their systems to many types of vehicle platforms. Platforms can be soft skin or armoured, military or commercial.



 Please contact us if your platform is not listed below and we can easily advise  you.



Below are a small range of vehicle platforms that we have fitted our systems to. These systems are operational and supported worldwide. We offer full training and support package in-country. 

Roof Mounted (RM)
High Capacity Pick Ups (HCPU)
Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC)
Roof Assault


The Roof Assault Platform (RAP) is designed to interface and mount to bespoke vehicle interface brackets or support frame; it is modular in design providing the capability of easy storage and transportation when not mounted to the vehicle and yet the panels are lightweight for easy assembly once at the incident site.    The RAP is manufactured from lightweight high grade aluminium non-slip grip mesh.


Compound Walls and Fence Lines.

Buildings 3rd / 4th floor window entry up to 7.5m.


Using the combination of the Forward Assault Ramp and Tactical Assault Ladder the FDS VBIS system is optimised to provide the user / operators with the direct intervention and assault onto 3rd and 4th stories and providing a safe and effective base for the forced Method of Entry (MOE) and assault teams.      









Aircrafts – including 747 / 777 / A380 wide – 
bodied jets.


The FDS VBIS systems are optimised and designed for the tactical approach to aircraft (under wing approach from the rear) that have been taken over by an adversary.  This capability is facilitated by the use of the ladder turntable deployment and a gantry that provides asafe and effective mounting platform for opening the aircraft doors during tactical entry.







Docked Ships, Buses / Coaches
 / Trams / Railway Trains.