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Vehicle Designed to Counter Terrorists

WASHINGTON - An anti-terrorist patrol vehicle, nicknamed the Viking, was patented this week for its manufacturer, the Tetradyne Corp. in Dallas. The company's biggest customer is the United States government, which has acquired about three dozen of the vehicles.

Patent 4,667,565 was granted Reg. A. Anderson, president of the company, which has been producing armored vehicles since 1973.

As described in the patent, the Viking has a machine gun that can be extended through the car's roof to control terrorist activity. The roof hatch and the weapon are moved into position by motors. When the weapon is stored inside, the vehicle is said to have a totally conventional appearance.

Michael D. Anderson, sales manager, said that 35 have been built for the Department of Energy.

-New York Times Service, 5/31/87

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