Special armoured Mercedes to protect RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani

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According to reports, Reliance Industries has procured the world’s most sophisticated armoured vehicle for enhanced personal security of its chairman and managing director, Mukesh Ambani.

The fortified Mercedes Benz is mounted on a normal S600. The RIL car has Level-9 vehicle resistance (VR9), the highest available currently. It was customised at Benz’s Sindelingen plant in Germany.

Reports suggest that the armoured vehicle was registered at the Mumbai Central Regional Transport Office (RTO) today.

A source quoted by news agency PTI said: “As chairman of India’s largest private conglomerate, Mukesh Ambani is the custodian of the interests of more than 2.8 million shareholders. He has Z-category security since April 2013. An armoured vehicle complies with advice of the security establishment for protectees of this level.”

The source also stated that RIL, had to queue up at No. 57 on the global wait list for the 2015-model armoured S600. This meant an eight month long wait before the car landed in India earlier this week.

The base price of a 2015 model Mercedes Benz S600 is Rs 1.5 crore. The rest of the price is accounted for by cost and fitments of Level-9 armour, import duty on the armour and corresponding levies and insurance, reported PTI.