What you should know about Trump's super limo nicknamed 'The Beast'

What you should know about Trump's super limo nicknamed 'The Beast'
President Trump's motorcade leaves the Shangri-la Hotel via Anderson Road into Balmoral Road on 11 June 2018.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met US President Donald Trump at the Istana on Monday afternoon (June 11), following the latter's arrival in Singapore last night.

The two gathered for a working lunch prior to the Trump-Kim summit tomorrow (June 12).

Stomp contributor Maria alerted Stomp to a circulated video apparently showing Trump's motorcade en route to the Istana in Newton today.

Trump's iconic state limousine, a nine-tonne bulletproof and bombproof Cadillac, was also sighted among the long line of vehicles.

Known as 'The Beast', the car has both highly defensive and offensive features such as:

  • Emergency oxygen supply in the event of a chemical attack

  • Kevlar-reinforced tyres that are resistant to punctures

  • Steel rims that allow the car to keep moving even on deflated tyres

  • An armour-plated fuel tank encased in protective foam to withstand crashes and small-arms fire

  • A steel plate beneath the car to protect the chassis system from bomb and grenade blasts

  • Pump-action shotguns, tear gas cannons and bumper-mounted tear gas grenade launchers in case of direct armed confrontation


Photo: The Straits Times Graphic

According to Business Insider, a lead car serves as a guide and buffer for the President’s limousine which follows immediately behind.

The fleet also consists of at least one identical car for emergency and decoy purposes.

Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un meet PM Lee Hsien Loong at Istana ahead of summit

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    US President Donald Trump expressed his gratitude on Monday (June 11) to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for Singapore’s role in hosting the summit between the United States and North Korea, saying he appreciated the hospitality, professionalism and friendship.

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    Mr Trump, in his presidential state car nicknamed The Beast, left the Shangri-La Hotel on Monday to meet PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana for the working lunch.

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    The two leaders shared a warm handshake in front of cameras at 12.45pm before they sat down for the meeting.

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    The Straits Times understands the lunch is being catered by Gordon Grill at Goodwood Park Hotel. Dishes on the menu include angus beef tenderloin and lobster bisque.

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    He is expected to have a meet and greet session with US embassy staff after his engagement at the Istana.

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    During the meeting, the officials also celebrated Mr Trump's birthday. He is turning 72 on June 14.

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    He was accompanied by a convoy of more than 30 vehicles.

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    Broad smiles and a firm handshake kicked off the first meeting between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday (June 10), as Singapore prepares to host a historic summit whose twists and turns have enraptured the world.

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    The two leaders discussed relations between their countries, developments in North Korea and the region, including recent positive developments on the Korean peninsula, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

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    “Prime Minister Lee complimented the bold and admirable decision by Chairman Kim and President of the United States Donald Trump to come together for this Summit,” it said.

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    Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong Un, gets in a vehicle, as she leaves for the Istana to meet with PM Lee.

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    Arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade at the Istana.

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    Members of the public and tourists trying to get a glimpse of the arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade at the Istana.

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    Members of the public and tourists trying to get a glimpse of the arrival of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's motorcade at the Istana.

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    Police salute as the vehicle carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leaves the Istana

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    The vehicle carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un leaves the Istana, after a meeting with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong,

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