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State Dept. spends over $50G on Mitsubishi trucks for Albanian border police

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A Mitsubishi Motors logo is seen on display at the New York International Auto Show in New York City. (Reuters)

The State Department purchased two Mitsubishi pick-ups for $50,000 to be used by the border police in Albania.

The U.S. government has already bought six L200 Double Cab Mitsubishis for the Albanian Border Police (ABP), and said the two additional vehicles will “fulfill the ABP’s needs.”

“The vehicles will be provided to the Albanian Border Police (ABP) under a U.S. Government funded nonproliferation assistance program,” the contract said. “The ABP will deploy the vehicles to the Regional Border Police Directorates in Albania for patrolling, monitoring and controlling its land borders, and to interdict illicit trafficking across those borders.”

The two new Mitsubishis will be black, seat five, and have a 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. They will also have a 6-speed manual transmission, 16-inch steel rims, and “standard upholstery.” The cost is $50,284. All eight vehicles have cost the United States approximately $201,136.

The State Department gave specific instructions for the canopies on the back of the trucks. The minimum specifications included “reinforced glass fibre, and in black colour same like the pickup,” and “smoke coloured” side and rear windows.

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