Limo tank shields PM from Al-Qaeda

#1
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November 16, 2008

Limo 'tank' shields PM from Al-Qaeda
Security New armoured BMW cars are designed to thwart all but the
fiercest attackDavid Leppard
A new fleet of armoured limousines worth more than £2m is being deployed by Scotland Yard to protect Gordon Brown and key ministers from terrorist attack.

At least 10 high-security BMWs are providing David Miliband, the foreign secretary, John Hutton, the defence secretary, and the prime minister with protection from attack by Al Qaeda-linked extremists.

The mobile fortresses are equipped with security features designed to keep ministers alive in the face of an ambush by all but the most violent and audacious enemy.

They boast removable bullet-proof windscreens, in case the prime minister and his protection officers need to make an emergency exit, and an elaborate system to extinguish a fire under the chassis at the touch of a button.

The BMW 760s also have “run-flat tyres”, which allow them to be driven at speed for 30 miles — even if all four tyres have been shot out.

The custom-built “tank on wheels” weighs about three tons, but its 12-cylinder engine means it can accelerate to a top speed of 150 mph.

Brought in on the advice of senior officers in Scotland Yard’s specialist protection unit, the cars are replacing much of the fleet of British-built armoured Jaguars used to transport Tony Blair and the Prince of Wales after the September 11 attacks.

Two of the BMWs are understood to be permanently available to Brown. One is kept at Downing Street while the second is based in his Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency in Fife.

A glossy manual handed to wealthy prospective buyers by BMW says the car’s armour plating can withstand a 33lb roadside bomb, while its roof can keep out two hand grenades exploding simultaneously.

Ballistics tests also show the armour can stop bullets from a Dragunov 7.62mm, a Russian-made high-velocity sniper’s rifle. The gun has a range of 1,300 yards and has been used in Iraq and by Al-Qaeda terrorists at training camps in Afghanistan.

An operating manual for the Dragunov was found when police arrested Samina Malik, the so-called “lyrical terrorist” who worked as a shop assistant at Heathrow airport. Her conviction for storing material likely to be of use to a terrorist was quashed at the Court of Appeal in June.

The BMW’s battery of anti-terrorist devices includes a remote ignition that allows the driver to start the engine from 150 yards away.

This feature enables passengers to check without risk whether explosive charges have been attached to the ignition system.

In the event of a chemical gas attack, three sensors located in the engine compartment signal any change in the air composition.

If a certain level of contamination is detected, the windows close automatically, the central locking system is engaged and fresh air vents are closed.

An automatic injection of oxygen provides occupants with breathable air for a short period, while concealed microphones allow them to talk to people outside the vehicle at checkpoints, for example, without having to open windows or unlock doors.

While the BMW 760 is now available for use by the cabinet, the royal family is understood to prefer more traditional vehicles. The Queen’s principal state car is a Bentley, while Prince Charles also supports British-built cars by using an armour-plated Jaguar.

Chauffeurs are also trained in “defensive” driving, which teaches them how to escape a terrorist ambush.

The BMWs, shipped from Germany, have been introduced following a security review in the wake of the 2005 London bombings.

MI5, the security service, says the threat of a terrorist attack by November 16, 2008

Limo 'tank' shields PM from Al-Qaeda
Security New armoured BMW cars are designed to thwart all but the fiercest attackDavid Leppard
A new fleet of armoured limousines worth more than £2m is being deployed by Scotland Yard to protect Gordon Brown and key ministers from terrorist attack.

At least 10 high-security BMWs are providing David Miliband, the foreign secretary, John Hutton, the defence secretary, and the prime minister with protection from attack by Al Qaeda-linked extremists.

The mobile fortresses are equipped with security features designed to keep ministers alive in the face of an ambush by all but the most violent and audacious enemy.

They boast removable bullet-proof windscreens, in case the prime minister and his protection officers need to make an emergency exit, and an elaborate system to extinguish a fire under the chassis at the touch of a button.

The BMW 760s also have “run-flat tyres”, which allow them to be driven at speed for 30 miles — even if all four tyres have been shot out.

The custom-built “tank on wheels” weighs about three tons, but its 12-cylinder engine means it can accelerate to a top speed of 150 mph.

Brought in on the advice of senior officers in Scotland Yard’s specialist protection unit, the cars are replacing much of the fleet of British-built armoured Jaguars used to transport Tony Blair and the Prince of Wales after the September 11 attacks.

Two of the BMWs are understood to be permanently available to Brown. One is kept at Downing Street while the second is based in his Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency in Fife.

A glossy manual handed to wealthy prospective buyers by BMW says the car’s armour plating can withstand a 33lb roadside bomb, while its roof can keep out two hand grenades exploding simultaneously.

Ballistics tests also show the armour can stop bullets from a Dragunov 7.62mm, a Russian-made high-velocity sniper’s rifle. The gun has a range of 1,300 yards and has been used in Iraq and by Al-Qaeda terrorists at training camps in Afghanistan.

An operating manual for the Dragunov was found when police arrested Samina Malik, the so-called “lyrical terrorist” who worked as a shop assistant at Heathrow airport. Her conviction for storing material likely to be of use to a terrorist was quashed at the Court of Appeal in June.

The BMW’s battery of anti-terrorist devices includes a remote ignition that allows the driver to start the engine from 150 yards away.

This feature enables passengers to check without risk whether explosive charges have been attached to the ignition system.

In the event of a chemical gas attack, three sensors located in the engine compartment signal any change in the air composition.

If a certain level of contamination is detected, the windows close automatically, the central locking system is engaged and fresh air vents are closed.

An automatic injection of oxygen provides occupants with breathable air for a short period, while concealed microphones allow them to talk to people outside the vehicle at checkpoints, for example, without having to open windows or unlock doors.

While the BMW 760 is now available for use by the cabinet, the royal family is understood to prefer more traditional vehicles. The Queen’s principal state car is a Bentley, while Prince Charles also supports British-built cars by using an armour-plated Jaguar.

Chauffeurs are also trained in “defensive” driving, which teaches them how to escape a terrorist ambush.

The BMWs, shipped from Germany, have been introduced following a security review in the wake of the 2005 London bombings.

MI5, the security service, says the threat of a terrorist attack by Al-Qaeda remains “severe” and that there are at least 2,000 extremists in Britain who could attempt such an attack.

A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard, which provides protection for ministers and funds part of the fleet, said she could not discuss security measures.

remains “severe” and that there are at least 2,000 extremists in Britain who could attempt such an attack.

A spokeswoman for Scotland Yard, which provides protection for ministers and funds part of the fleet, said she could not discuss security measures.
... hmmm - protection for ministers from the public?

I would have thought that Al-Queda would be happy to protect Brown's Government as they are destroying this country more efficiently than the terrorists could.
 
#6
Good point and I agree with you.

But they can spend all this cash to protect their skins from what is a not very likely danger, yet they can't dig deep for the lads in real and constant danger. Why do the words cowardly, despicable and unworthy keep resounding in my brain?

perhaps though they are worried more about the public getting fed-up with them?
 
#8
When will they be available at Withams? Can I put in a bid now for when they're surplus?
 
#9
It will just encourage them to use a bigger ied .Armour protection isnt everything you kow :twisted: .
 
#11
PartTimePongo said:
When will they be available at Withams? Can I put in a bid now for when they're surplus?
There have been some armoured mondeos on there before; or were you really hankering after that V12?
 
#12
Whiskey_60 said:
I hope he gets a 34lb IED.
heh, indeed; though it would be better if the cars were bigger so they could hold the entire cabinet and labour leadership...


What was wrong with the old ones? They were brought in post-2001 has ballistics protection in armoured cars progressed significantly since then?


In fairness the government is not the only ones to have bought such vehicles recently:

wikipedia said:
In December 2007, The New Zealand government bought 34 diesel BMW 7 Series limousines to be used by the Prime Minister, the Members of Parliament and visiting dignitaries to the country, this was at an estimated cost of over NZD$3 million.
However i'm not sure if they're protected or not as that would be an average of £33,000 each.
 
#13
I'm just wondering how err "green" these are going to be? Is this the reason why we all have to be eco-friendly now? Because Broon's bought a few cars that will drain their petrol tanks in less than 5 miles. Or is that the reason fuel prices have dropped back down again recently?
 
#14
Sorry to VOR the outrage bus, but as far as I can tell the headlines are:

- UK Government officials have armoured limos, like every other fecker in the world
- Armoured Limos occasionally get replaced
- Protection levels havn't really changed
- No better than a Snatch against IEDs (despite the aggressive use of terminology in the article...)
 
#15
my orders in with friendly Ivans guns and stuff :twisted:
for a matched pairof rpgs
anyone know when the season officially starts :?
 
#16
Whiskey_60 said:
What a f*cking hypocrite.

I hope he gets a 34lb IED.
Please remember we are in Europe. 15.45 kgs if you don't mind!

P-T
 
#17
Gassing_Badgers said:
Sorry to VOR the outrage bus, but as far as I can tell the headlines are:

- UK Government officials have armoured limos, like every other fecker in the world
- Armoured Limos occasionally get replaced
- Protection levels havn't really changed
- No better than a Snatch against IEDs (despite the aggressive use of terminology in the article...)
then they can have a snatch or two.

(I'll let them have a paint job though)
 
#18
Surely this enhanced protection simply means that any 'spectacular' intended to off Brown or any of his coterie will simply be more spectacular in order to guarantee success, and hence likely include even more innocent bystanders?

I would put forward that in an ideal world the most responsible protection for our government is the minimum, so that anyone who wishes to have a crack can do so with the minimum risk to the rest of us. Any takers?
 
#19
Al-Qaeda, in the Mall with a RPG-7
 
#20
One thing that springs to mind, well apart from that now I'll just have to use a much larger IED to do the job, is the question of why the change over to BMWs? Are Jaguar unable to meet similar requirements?
 

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