Video: Awesome armoured Cat loader

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Made by Florida, US, Cat dealer Ring Power Corporation, the Rook is a tactical armoured vehicle designed to let law enforcement-officers deal with pretty much any worst-case scenario, from hostage crises and barricaded bad guys to riots and natural emergencies.

To do this, Ring has taken the 287C and added armour plating, bulletproof glass, an airtight ROPS cab and gun ports – all of which takes the Cat 287 from its normal 4.5 tonnes to a big 6 tonnes.

From here you can start adding optional extras like integrated night vision, thermal imaging and wireless remote control.

The Rook comes with a range of attachments: a hydraulic breaching ram that extends from 1.8m to 3m and contains four low-light cameras and an infrared camera (pepper spray dispenser optional); a vehicle extraction tool that can push, pull or pick up a parked vehicle; a grapple claw for removing shrubs, fortified doors, burglar bars and debris, or for tearing into roof spaces where some poor sucker thinks he’ll be safe; and an armoured deployment platform (ADP).

 It’s this last one that’s pretty radical and straight out of a sci-fi action movie.

The ADP is a platform that attaches to the Cat’s arms and gives armoured protection to up to four fully dressed agents to get them close to a bomb or a bad guy, or deliver them straight to the second floor or the roof of a building.

It has a sloping partial roof cover and a floor-to-roof front shield with a sliding centre door, batwing doors on the outer edges, two locking gun ports, four sliding gun ports, four bulletproof-glass sight ports, and two wireless infrared video cameras with a feed to the equipment operator.



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