A military tank that was built to withstand ballistic arms fire, mine blasts, IEDs and other emerging threats is now property of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.
The Department of Defense had no use for the vehicles and has given them to local police departments instead of letting them collect dust in warehouses.
Dallas County sheriff’s deputies reportedly traveled to Fort Hood earlier this month to pick up their very own International MaxxPro MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected). This particular truck has never seen any actual combat, having only been deployed stateside for training exercises, according to the Dallas Observer.
The $600,000 vehicle had just 10,000 miles on it and with a chance to get it for free, the deal was clearly too good to pass up for the police department.
“Having a tactical vehicle will not only provide warrants execution with the equipment to assist in performing their jobs but will provide an overall safety arch,” Chief Deputy Marlin Suell wrote to commissioners.
The Blaze also provided more information about the vehicle:
“The MaxxPro MRAP is built to withstand ballistic arms fire, mine blasts, IEDs, and other emerging threats,” according to the Navistar website. “Its V-shaped hull helps deflect blasts out and away from the crew and its armoring can be customized to meet any mission requirement.”