The US Special forces have unveiled their next set of armoured vehicles that will help them move about without drawing any attention.
The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has announced a new 5-year contract with the Battelle Memorial Institute which is worth $170 million (Rs. 11.4 billion) which will see the institute supply SpecOps soldiers with armoured vehicles.
The vehicles scheduled to get armoured and ready to help these crazy soldiers sneak through enemy territory while blending in with the rest of the vehicles are the Toyota Hilux pick-up truck and a Toyota land Cruiser. Also included is a Ford Ranger pickup truck.
The two Toyotas aren't that big a surprise, as the usual crowds of terrorists and other mean morons that the SpecOps guys find themselves in a firefight against usually travel around in of these vehicles (mostly the Hilux pickup which any fan of the Clarkson era Top Gear would know is known to be indestructible.)
Another rather interesting fact to note is that the Hilux pickup which has become a rather well-known site in terrorist infested areas isn't sold in the US which should make the special forces soldiers the first Americans to actually own one of these vehicles without importing them in.
Battelle will fit the vehicles with armour, heavy-duty suspension and brakes, run-flat tires, new wheels along with sophisticated communications and observation equipment to keep track of the baddies and each other.
So the next time some rather fanatical idiot sees a Hilux or even a Land Cruiser or the Ranger, he may just be looking at his doom.