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Canberra gets a beast! Behold the Lenco Engineering Armoured Rescue Vehicle.

By johnboy - 9 May 2011 35

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Commonwealth Attorney-General Robert McClelland and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann have announced the handover of an Armoured Rescue Vehicle to ACT Policing. (Simon Corbell was meant to be there, but as a mark of how sudden today’s events have been had to bail for the Chief Minister’s swan song.)

Mr McClelland said the vehicle was built in the United States by leading international manufacturer Lenco Engineering at a cost of approximately $400,000.

“These types of vehicles are amongst the best of their type in the world,” he said.

“These ARVs are used in dozens of countries as part of high risk policing activities. They are designed to be bulletproof and blastproof and are specifically manufactured to protect police in very hostile situations, or help with the safe rescue of hostages or injured personnel.

“The vehicle will also provide additional counter-terrorism capability.

Very impressive, but one wonders why they didn’t just pick up some Bushmasters?

UPDATE: Thanks to Sammy for pointing us at a promo video for these things.

The trouble with those little gun ports is every figuring out what you’re supposed to be shooting.

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Canberra gets a beast! Behold the Lenco Engineering Armoured Rescue Vehicle.
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Mick Green 1:46 pm
09 May 11
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That’ll be very useful for rounding up drunks in Civic.

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EvanJames 1:49 pm
09 May 11
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Exemplifies what the ACT police think their role is. I expect to see the next protest outside the Chinese Embassy attended by this thing, blasting water at the startled Falung Gong characters.

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creative_canberran 1:53 pm
09 May 11
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And before the neysayers start calling this a waste of money, we are the last jurisdiction in Australia to not have some sort of armoured police vehicle. This along with the 5 armoured AFP 4x4s not long ago seem a sensible precaution in a national capital.

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creative_canberran 2:03 pm
09 May 11
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EvanJames said :

Exemplifies what the ACT police think their role is. I expect to see the next protest outside the Chinese Embassy attended by this thing, blasting water at the startled Falung Gong characters.

Actually, more for this kind of situation: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article6246539.ece

JB raises a good point about not just buying a Bushmaster. Unfortunately the specs on these vehicles are protected by a client login on Lenco’s site so not sure of the weight. I’m thinking the Bushmasters would be too heavy for suburban use. I recall the Bushmaster deployed to QLD during the floods had severe restrictions on what roads they could use due to bridge weight restrictions along the way.

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gospeedygo 2:21 pm
09 May 11
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Send it for nightly patrols down Tuggers way perhaps?

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Sammy 2:34 pm
09 May 11
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I think a Bushmaster would be an inferior vehicle for this application.

Take a look at this video, which covers the Lenco the AFP have acquired, which is a Lenco Bearcat:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm4bzV31k14

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shadow boxer 2:39 pm
09 May 11
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They could load it up with the AFP Jet ski’s and park it down by the lake. On a given signal the doors could fly open and out come the jet skiers in full tuxedo’s before flying across the lake to stealthily join 007 at the ASIO garden party to open their new citadel.

Is it just me or are our security agencies seriously overfunded and just looking for excuses to spend capital.

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Thumper 2:43 pm
09 May 11
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Awesome, but we’re not living in Belfast.

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Thumper 2:45 pm
09 May 11
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Very impressive, but one wonders why they didn’t just pick up some Bushmasters?

Got to be some cheap M113s around these days.

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PBO 2:51 pm
09 May 11
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Thumper said :

Very impressive, but one wonders why they didn’t just pick up some Bushmasters?

Got to be some cheap M113s around these days.

C’mon guys. It’s budget time, thats why they were bought. Now that they have appeared, I bet they will soon be mothballed and placed in an secure, inner city or airport location for potential strategic reserves in case of a civil uprising that may never happen.

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buzz819 3:04 pm
09 May 11
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Obviously no-one read the document above? It say’s the National Counter-Terrorism Committee agreed to purchase these vehicles for each jurisdiction in Australia.

Yes we live in the National Capital, if there is a terrorist act it very well could happen here.

You guy’s do realise that ACT Policing falls under the Federal Police as well? Just checking.

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colourful sydney rac 3:07 pm
09 May 11
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shadow boxer said :

They could load it up with the AFP Jet ski’s and park it down by the lake. On a given signal the doors could fly open and out come the jet skiers in full tuxedo’s before flying across the lake to stealthily join 007 at the ASIO garden party to open their new citadel.

lol
I will be interested to see how long before it is needed – and I mean really needed rather than just used.

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Chop71 3:21 pm
09 May 11
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gospeedygo said :

Send it for nightly patrols down Tuggers way perhaps?

for the drive through Maccas runs and picking up the 5’10” mobile phone thuggies in Monash

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EvanJames 3:30 pm
09 May 11
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I reckon it’ll be USED quite a lot, but NEEDED never.

Meanwhile, if anyone wants to see actual police doing normal police stuff, try speeding on that new bit of road exiting qbn to the coast. The steepish bit. There is a plod there every day, either lurking near the old Kingsway entrance with a hairdryer, or doing laps, waiting. Usually in a dark blue bling-mobile.

They are catching a lot of people. it’s rather entertaining, wondering if the car or bike who just went past is speeding or not, to have that confirmed as the Plod-wagon lights up and goes after them.

Meanwhile ACT police have outsourced this sort of thing to fixed cameras and public servants in white vans while they prance around in military-style RVs.

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Keijidosha 3:30 pm
09 May 11
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Should be useful for the zombie apocolypse. Although these guys built the same thing for less than 1% of the cost:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS8KXHBCimo

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