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The technical support vehicle is a common sight in Somalia. Most of the technicals are Toyota 4x4's fitted with12.7mm Russian made anti-aircraft guns. Armed guards carry Kalashnikov 7.62mm assault rifles and rocket propelled grenade launchers, thus enabling high-speed mobility and heavy firepower.
The technical support vehicle was first coined by United Nations staff in Somalia during the 1990s, they were not allowed to bring in private security firms so had to pay local clans for protection. To justify the hire of warlords in southern Somalia the United Nations staff put this down as "technical support" to the accounts department.
Hire costs are around $100 for one vehicle and guards per day. The problem in southern Somalia is that there are multiple clans, you need one technical from each clan and end up funding a convoy of heavily armed militia just to be mobile and costing serious amounts of cash. Credit cards are not accepted, but you do get a receipt for fuel and ammo.