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Bulletproof vehicles for police

delhi Updated: Aug 01, 2010 23:45 IST
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The Delhi Police is going high tech. The latest addition is six armoured bulletproof vehicles that the Delhi Police will be purchasing, hopefully before the Commonwealth Games. With the help of these lightweight vehicles, commandos can storm the buildings where there is a hostage-like situation.

The plan is to procure six small armoured capsule, based light bullet proof vehicles for the special weapons and tactics teams of Delhi Police's special cell, police said.

The armoured vans will have a seating capacity for six persons and will have a convertible roof for positioning weapons. It will have a ballistic carpet that will provide protection to the vehicle against shrapnel and hand grenades.

The vehicle will be resistant to bullets fired from AK-47 rifles. A camera fitted at the rear end of the vehicle and an LCD screen at the driver’s seat would give clear picture of all the happenings in and around the vehicle. The capsule bullet proof vehicle can also run on flat tyres if they are damaged in an attack. It will have six ports where commandos can open fire.

The Mumbai Police was the first to procure the armoured vehicles after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. They use Mahindra Marksman, the country’s first armoured capsule based light bullet proof vehicle, which has capability to be used in counter terrorist action as well as in conventional roles.

“These vehicles are required for the purpose of entering into the terrorist attack site,” a senior police officer said.

Asked whether the vehicles will be procured ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the officer said they have floated the tender for the purpose.

The Delhi Police is also procuring three big armoured vehicles for the Games that will be moving around the city and sometimes stationed at venues during the Games. The big armoured vehicles can carry 30 commandos. One batch of such commandos is ready while two are undergoing training.