In a departure from tradition, the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade, US President Barack Obama, today arrived in his own highly-secured bomb-proof vehicle, 'The Beast,' at Rajpath.
The Republic Day Chief Guest normally travels with the President of India in his car from Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Obama, along with wife Michelle, was received by Vice President Hamid Ansari and his wife Salma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
President Pranab Mukherjee arrived soon after.
Since 2012, the President of India travels in a heavily armoured black Mercedes Benz S600 (W221) Pullman Guard. The armour is designed to protect against military rifle shots, bomb shrapnels and other explosives.
The Beast, based on a Cadillac DTS, is the first Presidential limousine not to have a specific model name.
Obama is the first US President to be chief guest at India's Republic Day parade.
'The Beast', based on a Cadillac DTS, is the first Presidential limousine not to have a specific model name.
Obama today became the first US President to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade and the only American President to visit India twice while in office.
Obama arriving in his own highly-secured bomb-proof vehicle at the Rajpath marked a departure from tradition for the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade.
'The Beast' among its stunning features, has an eight-inch thick body armour plating and five-inch thick bullet-proof windows which insulates the President from all sorts of threats including chemical attacks.
Its doors weigh similar to those on a Boeing-757 aircraft. The eight-tonner runs on shred and puncture resistant Kevlar-reinforced tyres with steel rims underneath which ensure that the vehicle does not come to a halt even if its tyres get damaged.
The fuel tank is covered with a special foam that negates any possibility of an explosion.