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Narco armored vehicles: Mexican cartel’s use of improvised military technology

October 23, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Narco armored vehicles: Mexican cartel’s use of improvised military technology

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The violent wars between several cartels in Mexico have produced an arms race between organized crime groups who are fighting for regional control of drug trafficking. A recent study by Claremont Graduate University reviews how Mexican drug traffickers use improvised military technology to shield their combat armored vehicles.

The study, conducted by Robert J. Bunker and Byron Ramirez, emphasizes “the importance of military improvisation that has taken place in Mexico, which has transformed drug cartels into heavily armed, highly sophisticated narco-insurgency groups.

Interestingly, during the 2011 Libyan revolution, the rebels used a similar ingenuity in their vehicles suited with improvised armor to fight the army of Moammar Gaddafi.

The study aims to highlight the valuable lessons for the struggle against the criminal military insurgency by reviewing several armored vehicles seized by the authorities from mid-2010 until early 2012 in the state of Tamaulipas.

The Mexican government has seized more than a hundred of these vehicles. The study obtained images of two dozen vehicles confiscated during this period.

Authorities secured the majority of the “narco” armored vehicles during clashes between the Los Zetas and the Gulf cartels.

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