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How U.S. Special Forces Get Their Armored Pickups | Popular Mechanics

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U.S. special forces don’t just ride around in any old truck. Their vehicles, which may appear normal from the outside, are anything but. A new video shows how one company takes civilian pickup trucks and SUVs common in combat zones and turns them into undercover rides for the CIA, Delta Force, Navy SEALs, and other operators. The vehicles are stripped down and then built back up again with special mission equipment and up to a ton of armor plating, all of it nigh invisible to the untrained eye.

Vehicles like Toyota HiLux pickup trucks and Series 70 Land Cruisers, are extremely common in the Third World, often used cast-offs from wealthier Western countries and Japan. The difference between a Land Cruiser driven by a SEAL and by a local warlord, however, is about 3,500 pounds of hidden equipment, including armor, reinforced struts and suspension, tactical equipment, and an electrical system that can drive high power electronics.=

Source: How U.S. Special Forces Get Their Armored Pickups | Popular Mechanics

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