Merkavim to Reveal the World’s Best Protected Armored Bus


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April 2015 Merkavim – a world leader in the production of armored buses, cost-effective city buses,inter-city buses, and coaches – will reveal the next generation of its MARS Defender, the world's best protected armored bus, at LAAD 2015. Protected from up to 7.62 AP bullets, grenades, and IEDs, the bus looks like a standard bus, with a luxurious interior, while providing safe transport for its passengers.

The MARS Defender is built on a Volvo 6X2 chassis and equipped with two rear axles,enabling it to carry its own weight plus 53 passengers and a driver. Meeting the most stringent standard of MIL STD 461000 High Harness Steel (HHS), the bus provides protection against shooting and bomb assaults, and is considered the ultimate passenger transport solution for dangerous locations.

The body of the bus is built of stainless steel, with armor covering the entire envelope – sides,front, roof, and floor. Two quickly and easily opened emergency hatches are installed in the roof and one on the rear wall of the bus – providing an escape option for passengers. All eight wheels are fitted with Runflate™ systems – allowing the bus to travel, when necessary, even with punctured tires. The bus can be fitted as a luxury or VIP coach, or as an armor-protected mobile command post with communications and C2 fitted interior.

According to Mr. Micha Maixner, CEO, "We are pleased to launch the next generation of the MARS Defender Armored bus at LAAD 2015. Previous generations of the bus were very successful; hundreds of units were sold and have carried passengers in dangerous areas in Israel and other countries around the world, often saving lives. The Defender's functional design and production are carried out in accordance with the stringent requirements of the Israeli security authorities and with their full cooperation."
About Merkavim

As the largest builder of bus bodies in Israel, Merkavim has earned the respect of the public transportation sector and the tourist industry for its capabilities as a manufacturer of high quality, reliable vehicles. Established in 1946, Merkavim is dedicated to the development, design, manufacture and servicing of passenger transportation.Merkavim has a track record of over 20 years in development and production of Armored Buses.

The buses have been subjected to terrorist attacks and successfully withstood those attacks. The newest bus in this line is the MARS Defender Armored Bus, the best protected armored bus in the world. The bus provides the ultimate solution for passenger protection against terrorist shooting and bomb assaults.

LAAD 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 14-17, 2015, Israel Pavilion, Hall 4, Stand #J29a

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