Obama 8 facts about US President's official vehicle "The Beast"

The president has 12 identical limos in rotation and, when not in use, they're parked in the basement of the Secret Service's headquarters and are under 24-hour surveillance.

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"The Beast"

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Designed from the ground up by the Secret Service, President Barack Obama's $1.5 million "Cadillac One," aka "The Beast," is a moving fortress impenetrable by bullets and bombs.

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President Barack Obama inside "The Beast"

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The president has 12 identical limos in rotation and, when not in use, they're parked in the basement of the Secret Service's headquarters and are under 24-hour surveillance.

US President's official vehicle "The Beast" play

US President's official vehicle "The Beast"

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Obama, who arrived Kenya hours ago will ride 'The Beast' throughout his stay in his father's home country.

Check out 10 facts about the armoured vehicle below:

 

1. REAR SEAT/COMPARTMENT

The president's seat has a state-of-the-art satellite phone and direct line to the Vice-president and the Pentagon. It can seat up to four persons. The glass partition can be lowered only by the president.

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US President's official vehicle "The Beast"

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2. DEFENCE ACCESSORIES

It is equipped with night-vision camera, pump-action shotgun, teargas cannons. The car also has a cache of the first family's blood types.

 

3. TYRES

It has run-flat tyres reinforced with Kevlar and is shred and puncture resistant

 

4. DOORS

Its armour-plating is 8 inches thick. It weighs as much as a Boeing 757.

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"The Beast"

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5. It has Night-vision camera around the full light area

 

6. FUEL TANK

It is sealed with a specially designed foam which prevents if from exploding

 

7. BOOT

It hold oxygen tanks, firefighting equipment

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Obama steps out of "The Beast"

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8. DRIVER'S COMPARTMENT

The car has standard steering wheel, but the dash baord contains a communications centre and GPS tracking systems. The driver's window can be lowered only 3 inches. The driver is trained by the Secret Service to escape and evade enemy and perform a 180-degree 'J-turn'

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