New Development in Armored Vehicle Manufacture in Europe

The armored vehicle Piranha 5 will be manufactured by the Romanian Ministry of Economy and General Dynamics in Bucharest.

Piranha 5 is a highly mobile and protected platform with a payload of over 13 tonnes, providing significant growth potential throughout the life of the platform. It is modular by design and can be reconfigured quickly to accomplish a wide-range of mission objectives, according to prnewswire.com.

The signed documents by the Ministry of Economy and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) are announcing a new sustainable strategic American-Romanian partnership that is in the interest of national security industry and army’s development, says the economy minister, Gheorghe Simon, according to business-review.eu. Read more

Thousand spent on Bullet Proof Vest

Parliament has spent almost R84 000 on purchasing bulletproof vests for its so-called bouncers, whose main role is to remove unruly MPs from the House.

It is unclear why they would require such protection because all they appear to do is to push out Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs.

An invoice, seen by City Press, describes the 40 items ordered on October 5 as protective gear for chamber support officers, with “bulletproof vests” in brackets.

The purchase order also reveals that the items would be needed by November 4 – two days after President Jacob Zuma’s scheduled appearance in the National Assembly for his last question-and-answer session for the year.

According to the latest parliamentary programme, Zuma will answer MPs’ questions on November 2 in the National Assembly and appear at the National Council of Provinces twice after that – on November 9 to answer questions, and on November 23 for his annual address.

Parliament did not respond to requests for comment, despite promising to do so. Read more

Bulletproof Vest for Cincinnati firefighters

By Christmas, all 855 members of the Cincinnati Fire Department will have received their custom-fitted bulletproof vests.

I’ll repeat that — slowly. Bullet. Proof. Vests.

If this is a new reality, it runs counter to how I have always viewed this honorable occupation. In my mind’s eye, a firefighter is a hero who would climb a ladder and pluck Morris from a towering oak tree. No vest needed.

A firefighter waves back at you from the big, red truck in the homecoming parade. No vest needed.

A firefighter’s hose saves your home from being a total loss. No vest needed.

Something has changed.

The threat of falling through a collapsing ceiling, an elevator shaft or oxygen deprivation is not the only on-the-job danger today’s firefighters have to worry about. They also have to consider getting shot.

That’s a travesty.

CFD leaders asked Cincinnati City Council to purchase bulletproof vests nearly two years ago. They joined big cities like Los Angeles and Chicago who have done the same to keep their first responders from taking a bullet. Read more

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Remdiesel Unveils Multi-Purpose Armoured Vehicle

Russian firm’ Remdiesel has unveiled an updated version of the MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle that has been designated MLBSh, thought to mean Multi-Purpose Light Protected Amphibious Chassis.

The MLBSh has a laden weight of 10,500 kg, and can carry a payload of 2,500 kg and a crew of two. The vehicle’s cargo compartment measures 5.5 cubic m, and it is able to tow a 7,000 kg trailer. Read more

Plant City Slammed for Okaying Armored Police Vehicle

PLANT CITY — Police in Plant City found the funds to buy a $335,000 armored security vehicle but they don’t think it’s worth their money to equip officers with body cameras.

These choices, coming on the heels of an unarmed man’s fatal shooting by Plant City police, have drawn criticism that came to a head last week when members of the advocacy group Restorative Justice Coalition were removed from a city commission meeting.

The confrontation arose after a public hearing Sept. 25 on the annual city budget.

“Your community asked you for accountability. We asked you for transparency,” Justin Garcia of Plant City said during the hearing. “We asked you for funding for body and dash cameras and what did you do? You ask for an armored vehicle.” Read more