Obama’s High-Tech Limo ‘The Beast’

by TRApple
21st February 2013
Obama's limo

Sure, you’d expect President Obama’s limo to be bulletproof and carry a few weapons on hand for defense, but did you know it can also be locked down in seconds like a mobile panic room? And that it has a supply of his blood type on board in case of emergencies?

The General Motors-built limousine, which looks like a Cadillac and is appropriately named “The Beast,” is as heavy duty as it gets, with a super-strong structure made of titanium, ceramic, steel and aluminum. Not to mention the doors are eight-inches thick and there’s even a back-up oxygen supply in the rear of the vehicle in case of a bio-chemical attack.

Meanwhile, the tech features are on another level. According to TheCarConnection.com, The Beast has night-vision cameras, tear gas cannons and steel wheels that work even without tires. Although the cabin is sealed so no outside sound enters, it features external microphones and internal speakers so outside noise can be heard when needed.

There are also a few other bells and whistles that have been reported but not officially confirmed, such as the ability to shoot smoke grenades to hide the limo during an attack and a video system for the driver to see even in bad conditions.

Finally, you must be wondering how the presidential limo is in front of Buckingham Palace in the picture above. According to reports, it’s flown on a cargo plane ahead of Air Force One, so it’s ready when the president lands. Whoa.

Source: mashable.com
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TRApple is a aviation- and tech-blog by Dutch ‘aviateur’ Serge Christiaans. Visit his blog @ trapple.nl.


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