The Costa Rican “Beast”

By Rico


QCOSTARICA – When we hear the term “The Beast” we instinctively think of President Barack Obama’s “Cadillac One”, a moving fortress impenetrable by bullets and bombs.  But did you know that Costa Rica’s has its own “Beast”? You probably didn’t.

The Costa Rica “Beast” is not a presidential car, rather a vehicle used by the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) as a principal ally in operational tactics in difficult situations.

The vehicle is a modified Ford F-350, dressed in black and fully armored.

The local company Blintech did the modifications, a work that took nearly four months to develop the structure that can withstand gunfire from assault rifles.

“What they wanted is a vehicle for tactical work (…),” Olman Ledezma of Blindtech told

Most of the modifications are kept secret. What is not, is that the vehicle is completely covered with steel plates, making it almost impenetrable and retaining its original parts: chassis, engine, dash and front seats, everything else is modified.

Comfortable it is not. The vehicle can accommodate from 14 to 16 people (seats are bench style) and the vehicle hermetically sealed with bullet proof glass and no air conditioning.

When compared to the U.S. presidential Beast, this one comes … continue reading