PM Modi’s cavalcade included with Mercedes-Maybach S650
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security has been upgraded by adding the armored Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard to his cavalcade of Range Rover Vogue and the Toyota Land Cruiser.
The decision to get a new armoured car was taken after the security review of the Prime Minister by the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) which decided to add this highly acclaimed Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard.
Certified with VR10-level protection, the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard offers the highest level of protection available on a production car. It can survive bullets and explosive blasts, the sources in the security setup said. The car windows are coated with polycarbonate which can withstand hardened steel core bullets.
This highly sophisticated car has received a 2010 Explosion Proof Vehicle (ERV) rating, which means that the sedan has the ability to protect the occupants from a 15kg TNT explosion from a distance of only 2 meters.
While welcoming Russian President Vladimir Putin, PM Modi was first spotted with the new car at Hyderabad House in Delhi India on December 6, 2021.
The S650 Guard has a 6.0 liter twin-turbo V12 engine that produces 516 bhp and a peak torque of approximately 900 Nm while the maximum speed has been capped to 160 kmph. The vehicle’s lower part is heavily armoured to protect the occupants from direct explosions while the cabin of the car has been designed in such a way that during a gas attack, the occupant will get an air supply.
This armoured car is also equipped with special run-flat tires that will continue to function in case of damage or puncture to ensure a quick escape from the danger areas.
This car has been designed on the order and the cost of the car is unknown but assumed that it is equipped with sophisticated gadgets and comfortable seating arrangements, the sources further said.
Earlier, as a Chief Minister of Gujarat, PM Modi traveled in a modified Mahindra Bolero and since he assumed office as PM, the Range Rover Vogue and the Toyota Land Cruiser have been a part of his cavalcade.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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