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When law enforcement officers are called to any emergency situation – they are prepared for the worst case scenario. Whether dealing with a hostage rescue, barricaded suspects, riot scene, or natural disaster having the right defensive equipment is critical. The Rook is custom designed with mission specific attachments that increase job safety, while also improving the ease and speed of changing attachments.
The Rook Vehicle is custom designed and fabricated by Ring Power Corporation, the North and Central Florida Caterpillar dealer. Utilizing the powerful Cat 287C Multi-Terrain Loader with 84 gross HP engine, 13,000 lbs. operating weight, rugged wide rubber tracks, dual joystick controls, and enclosed cab with air conditioning/heat and operator comfort seat, custom installed bullet-proof glass, and NIJ Level IV armor cab reinforcement fabrication.
One of the Rook’s very strategic attachments is the Armored Deployment Platform. The custom built NIJ Level IV platform includes sloping partial roof cover, and floor-to-roof front shield consisting of sliding center door and batwing doors on the outer edges, plus independent power for two Go Lights. The ADP provides room for up to five fully-dressed officers and is equipped with four locking gun ports, four bullet proof glass sight ports, and video cameras attached to the front of the platform with video feed to the equipment operator.
The Armored Deployment Platform (ADP) allows officers to approach a structure without covering open exposed ground on foot. Officers easily gain entry to the second story of a house or building without a ladder, allowing them to search the house from the top down without using stairways to work their way up. The ADP is also used to deploy snipers to a rooftop.
The Rook’s integrated video system gives visibility into areas that small robotic video cameras cannot access.
When the Armored Deployment Platform is mounted on the vehicle, the operator can raise it to 11 feet so that entry can be made on both the first and second floors, and the roof. In a vehicle takedown, the platform can also be slanted downward so shots can be fired into a car without endangering pedestrians or other passersby.
The ADP will allow a bomb squad to be delivered closer to the proximity of a bomb eliminating long walking distances in very heavy protective gear.