Armored Vehicles in Guatemalan Elections

It is expected the 2011 elections to be the most violent in years, leading to increased demand for security products.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Armored vehicle companies report increases of up to 70% compared to last year. The service is demanded by businessmen and also by leaders of political parties, who require high-level armor capable of withstanding assault rifles.

The country´s insecurity is forcing about 600 vehicles a year to be shielded, the Guatemalan state being a major customer, just the Ministry of Interior has requested 67 contracts with two companies for a total of $ 948,000, reports Elperiodico.com.gt.

The article also indicates that rental business for armored vehicles has grown 50% compared with 2009.

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