I'm sure many readers have heard the expression "Mall Ninja" used to describe security guards at the average suburban shopping mall. You can read the (side-splittingly funny) account of the original Mall Ninja here. It's as dumb and stupid today as when user "Gecko45" wrote it, and thousands of American shooters have laughed at his obliviot fantasies since then.
Be that as it may, it looks like one of Gecko45's fantasies may yet be fulfilled. Tata Motors in India has announced what they're calling the MBPV, for "Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle", intended for just such a scenario.
This is not your average combat vehicle. With one look at it you can immediately tell it's unique, and heck, even cute. It is small and boxy, but don't let its eccentric look fool you. The Tata Motors Micro Bullet-Proof Vehicle (MBPV) is a combat vehicle designed to tackle indoor conflict.
Tata Motors ... designed the MBPV as a protected mobility solution that assists their forces in limited indoor locations such as malls, railway stations, airport interiors and other small locations. This armored vehicle features protective bullet-resistant panels, compact dimensions and a high power-to-weight ratio for agility. The four wheels of the MBPV can be steered enabling it to be very maneuverable in confined spaces. The MBPV can even climb stairs in case it needs to handle business on the upper levels of a building.
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The vehicle's kooky appearance doesn't really evoke any fear right off the bat until its armaments come to light. The MBPV has firing ports incorporated in various locations for retaliatory action and the surrounding armored windows allow for crucial all-around visibility. Did we mention it can quietly creep up on you? The MBPV is powered by an electric motor that allows it to be relatively silent upon arrival. This combat vehicle might be small in size, but carries impressive capabilities.
Tata Motors believes there's a realistic need for this kind of vehicle because it has seen multiple situations where insurgents have been holed up inside confined premises and their commando units have not had efficient solutions.
There's more at the link.
I don't know about the shopping mall. Given the images of riots, unrest and looting in far too many American cities over the past year or more, I'm thinking this might become suitable transportation for the average urban family! How long, do you think, before some of our
famous notorious demonic skilled redneck mechanics produce a home-grown version?