A heavily modified version of Cadillac DTS, unavailable for general public, has been used since 2009 to transport the President of the United States of America. This customized vehicle has been nicknamed The Beast.
Although most of the vehicle’s specifications are obviously classified, we take a look at some of the disclosed facts, just for fun:
Armour: There is probably not a better-armored vehicle with windows on the planet than The Beast. Its armor plating is said to be 8 inches thick and its doors weigh as much as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft. Five-inch thick bulletproof windows contain at least five layers to put a damper on any effort by subversives. And those gigantic, nearly bus-size Goodyear tires are Kevlar-reinforced run-flats capable of keeping The Beast on the road for quite some distance if needed. The interior is sealed off from the outside world to reduce risks of a chemical attack, while a special foam surrounds the fuel tank to insulate it in the event of an impact.
Logistics: When the President of the United States travels to a foreign country, at least two Beasts are flown in by the Air Force, using a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.
Price: According to Wikipedia, each Beast is assumed to cost $300,000.00 USD, but who can put a price when it comes to the President’s security anyway?
Speculation: Unverified features of The Beast include the ability to fire infrared smoke grenades as a sort of chaff to screen the vehicle from attack by rocket propelled grenade or missile. Up front, the driver is thought to have a special video system to enable driving even in blackout or whiteout visibility conditions (smoke, complete darkness, weather, etc.). In its trunk there is a refrigerated and sterile blood bank containing samples of the President’s blood group.
Not glitch free: On an earlier visit to Israel, one of the Beasts had to be towed due to an undisclosed malfunction. I guess there are things money can’t buy uh?
April 28th, 2013.