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Reliance Industries buys armoured Mercedes to protect its Chairman

PTI Mumbai | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on June 20, 2015

Mukesh Ambani (R), chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd, poses with his wife Nita before addressing the company's annual shareholders' meeting in Mumbai, India, June 12, 2015. India's Reliance Industries Ltd will start commercial 4G telecommunication services by December, Chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Friday. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

Reliance Industries has procured the world’s most sophisticated armoured vehicle for enhanced personal security of its chairman and managing director.

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.

Sources said the armoured vehicle was registered at the Mumbai Central Regional Transport Office (RTO) today.

An email to RIL spokesperson seeking details wasn’t answered.

But a source in know 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.”

Demand for super-secure carriages for apex protectees in the world of business, politics and the arts has been surging globally.

Proof? RIL, the source said, had to queue up at No. 57 on the global wait list for the 2015-model armoured S600. This meant a wait of eight months before the car could land in India earlier this week.

The base price of a 2015 model Mercedes Benz S600 is a plebeian 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.

RIL’s 2015-model S600 V-9 armoured vehicle is the first in India. Actor Aamir Khan has the 2014 model.

Published on June 20, 2015
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