It’s just the thing for a dust-up, if you’re into Romanian dust. The automaker Dacia has prepared an SUV, the Dacia Duster “troops”, for use by the Romanian army and it’s, well, it’s not an MRAP. In fact, the most military thing about it is the machine gun mounted—not on the roof but rather a tubular external framework that keeps the remote-control machine gun from crushing the roof.
Other modifications include the heavy-duty tires, a removable power winch, tiedowns for air transport, 12-volt and 24-volt sockets, blackout headlights, and “additional protection under the body for the engine, gearbox, fuel tank and rear differential.” However not, apparently, for the troops inside the troops.
It is, according to Dacia, built to NATO standards.
The Dacia Duster troops is made by Dacia, which was founded in 1966 when Romania was still under communist rule. When the wall fell, Dacia was privatized and is now almost completely owned by Renault.
Maybe it’s just us, but the Duster troops looks terribly vulnerable. One well-place RPG… Actually, it wouldn’t take that much. Romanian soldiers must be very brave.