bq.. The government has decided to purchase a fleet of 30 high-priced bulletproof Mercedes Benz for VVIPs *costing more than Rs 3 billion.*
…each Mercedes would cost over Rs 100 million.
>> “The News: Government to buy 30 bulletproof cars for VVIPs”:http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/oct2004-daily/17-10-2004/main/main11.htm
p. While there are assassination attempts galore on Musharraf, and I’m sure Shaukat Aziz is fast climbing up your favorite terrorist’s hit list, 30 mercedes at *two million dollars each* is just unbelievable!
It seems most world leaders are getting ripped off for they buy their armour plated cars for a mere 75,000 dollars to 150-200,000 dollars! If you go to Daimler Benz in Germany, an armoured top of the line S Class will put you back a miserly ‘143,000 dollars’:http://blackarmor.com/mercedes.htm delivered. Why doesn’t he just travel in an armoured personnel carrier or a tank instead? It’s not like these cars are going to blend in the traffic along with their 30 car convoy and roads blocked for miles around – the idea of a bulletproof car is to look just like any other car on the road so the random robber/kidnapper gets suprised when he finds out his puny little AK-47 doesn’t do any damage… but when just about terrorist worth his salt knows these chaps are riding around in bulletproof cars they might as well go the whole hog and use tanks, or why not bulletproof trucks? Is it going to crimp their style?
While I am totally for Musharraf and co. taking all necessary steps to protect themselves from what-could-be-lurking in every shadow, this -stinks- reeks to the heavens. It’s not even news – it was dredged up in parliament when someone asked the government about the price, and they had to reply.