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.
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“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.