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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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KaptnKaos 11:45 am 10 May 11

New replacement Chief Minister but it’s not an RC RV.

Something else for the kids to climb over at the canberra show.

Keijidosha 10:17 am 10 May 11

I want to see the Lenco ManBearPig at Summernats, dispensing justice (and capsicum spray) to drunk bogans en masse!

sarahsarah 10:17 am 10 May 11

Cripes, I know what I want be to riding in when the Zombie Apocalypse comes!

georgesgenitals 10:11 am 10 May 11

I understand these things do a SICK burnout!

Chop71 9:45 am 10 May 11

Captain RAAF said :

gospeedygo said :

Send it for nightly patrols down Tuggers way perhaps?

At least it would be safer there than at Gunghers!

Ms Massey could take it for a spin to the shops and claim self defence

Skidd Marx 9:33 am 10 May 11

Matt Orford has expressed interest in buying one of these for getting to and from Raiders home games.

Special G 8:15 am 10 May 11

looks tough. Hopefully it will never need to be used to it’s full capacity.

Captain RAAF 8:07 am 10 May 11

gospeedygo said :

Send it for nightly patrols down Tuggers way perhaps?

At least it would be safer there than at Gunghers!

gdt 1:06 am 10 May 11

#3 said “we are the last jurisdiction in Australia to not have some sort of armoured police vehicle”.

Not by much. SA Police received their first armoured vehicle this month.

damien haas 10:44 pm 09 May 11

Apparently the EM-50 “Urban Assault Vehicle” was also considered.

cleo 10:12 pm 09 May 11

Wow, so next time the SWAT team come around our flats will I see this MACHINE???

BenMac 8:44 pm 09 May 11

shadow boxer said :

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

Overfunded? You must to be joking. Maybe under the Howard government. These days it’s more responsibilty using less money.

creative_canberran 8:34 pm 09 May 11

GottaLoveCanberra said :

… if they’re going after someone with the capability to disable this vehicle the police won’t be using this vehicle, they’ll get something bigger!

Chuck Norris?

LSWCHP 8:24 pm 09 May 11

GottaLoveCanberra said :

LSWCHP said :

The manufacturers website says the crew compartment is proof against 7.62 AP and .50 BMG, but what about the tyres?

It looks to me like a bloke with a rifle could disable it before it could get near enough to use that nifty gas insertion probe thingy.

Probably using run-flats at which point if they’re going after someone with the capability to disable this vehicle the police won’t be using this vehicle, they’ll get something bigger!

Anyway, if it saves the life of just one copper in a siege situation then I think it’s 400k well spent.

Definitely +1 on that. I hope it’s never used in anger.

p1 7:32 pm 09 May 11

Is it a right hand drive version?

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