Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Countdown to February 10th: Thanks, China!

I'm sure this is totally unrelated to the upcoming Iranian protest, but the powers that be in Tehran have just taken delivery of a "gift" from the "brotherly and friendly nation" of China: crowd control vehicles, and holy cow, just look at this spec sheet!

The armoured anti-riot vehicles have a capacity of 10,000 liters to shoot cold and hot water, and three 100 liter tanks to shoot burning chemical liquids. The water is mixed with paint or tear gas that cannot be washed away. Each vehicle has two guns for shooting liquid up to a distance of 70 meters- it is controlled from inside the cabin. The price tag for each unit is 650,000 dollars. Also, a lot of extra burning liquid, paint, and tear gas was purchased.

It took four months for the delivery of the armoured vehicles, and since the Iranian regime was in a hurry, they had them delivered from China’s army organization- this is rare! China’s government was in as much of a hurry to get these to .

Well of course they're in a hurry! If the regime collapses before the check clears, they're really going to take a bath on this deal.

It's interesting (but not terribly surprising) that China is one of the few major world powers which hasn't come out against all this repression, and this little exchange of goods and services demonstrates yet again that an open market does not lead to an open everything else.

These suckers look mean as hell, but that "gift" thing still flummoxes me. Did they cash in a certificate from Office Despot?

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