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Saroukh el-Jamahiriya (a Libyan car designed for Safety.)

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Saroukh el-Jamahiriya (Libyan Rocket) 2009



When Colonel al-Gaddafi took power in Libya, in 1969, 85% of the people were illiterate, Libya had the highest infant mortality rate in Africa, and most people lived in tents. A look at these cars gives us an idea of the vast achievement of the Jamahiriya, and let's us know why the USA and Europe were afraid, very afraid, of an African country showing the world that it was as good and better then anything the West could do.









Here is the 2009 version of the Saroukh el-Jamahiriya (Libyan Rocket) - a car which made its debut as a prototype in 1999.



Dukhali Al-Meghareff, chairman of the Libyan Arab Domestic Investment company which produced the prototype, billed it as revolutionary in automotive history.







He said it was developed from safety ideas conceived by Brother Leader al-Gaddafi.


The company plans to set up a factory next month in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, to start production.


"The leader spent so many hours of his valuable time thinking of an effective solution. It is the safest car produced anywhere," Mr Meghareff said.


"The invention of the safest car in the world is proof that the Libyan revolution is built on the happiness of man."

The BBC's John Simpson says that the invention is a response to the fact that thousands of Libyans are killed and injured on the roads every year.



The “Libyan Rocket”, as the prototype is called, is described as an “elegant sedan” 17 feet long, more than six feet wide, with a 3-liter, V-6 gasoline engine.


According to the BBC and Fox News, it also has airbags, an unspecified ‘electronic defense system’, and a collapsible bumper.


The car can go hundreds of miles on a flat tire, a feature that could come in handy while driving in the vast Libyan desert. Other safety features include a device to cut off the fuel supply to avoid a fire in case of accident.


Brother Leader al-Gaddafi joined in discussions about the car’s styling and asked for an original car using Libyan materials.


The car was unveiled in Tripoli at the end of an African Union summit.


According to the BBC, construction of a factory to produce the car was to have began in October 2009 in Tripoli. (ANI)

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