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An Israeli company with the cooperation of the Ministry of Defense there has developed 53-passenger armored bus. The vehicle is impervious to 7.62 mm armor piercing bullets, grenades and most improvised explosive devices, say officials. The manufacturer, Merkavim, is co-owned by Volvo Bus Corporation.

From the outside, it is indistinguishable from a tour bus. The Mars Defender Armored Bus also features a stainless steel chassis, armored glass, two rear axles and three escape hatches.

Sales of the $400,000 vehicles are slated to begin this year.

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