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The Lenco BearCat is a wheeled armored personnel carrier designed for military and law enforcement use. It is in use by numerous military forces and law enforcement agencies around the world.
Bearcats are typically referred to by law enforcement agencies as being ‘armored rescue vehicles’ with their primary use being to transport tactical (SWAT/Special Reaction Teams) officers to and from hostile situations and to assist with the recovery and protection of civilians in harm’s way during terrorist threats, hostage incidents or encounters with armed offenders. The Bearcat is designed to provide protection from a variety of small arms, explosives and IED threats. Like its larger cousin the B.E.A.R, the Bearcat is able to be fitted with the ‘MARS’ Mobile Adjustable Ramp System which allows tactical officers to gain entry to elevated platforms such as second story windows or aircraft.
Lenco Bearcats have been credited with saving the lives of officers in armed confrontations on numerous occasions. In 2010 in Athens, Texas an armed offender fired more than 35 rounds from an AK-47 rifle at tactical police. Not one round penetrated the Bearcat. In June 2012 a BearCat belonging to the Central Bucks Emergency Response Team,took 28 rounds from a ‘high powered rifle’ during a siege with no rounds penetrating the vehicle.
Cost: $188,000 – $300,000 depending upon extras