technical, a word

Danger Room's Nathan Hodge, while talking about a Mexican drug cartel's improvised .50-caliber machine gun to be bolted to a pick-up, uses this new-to-me terminology: "technical"—an improvised fighting vehicle of the kind favored by Somali warlords and developing-world armies." Previouslygadget, a word
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10 Responses to technical, a word

  1. error404 says:

    Yeah a Technical is normally seen nowadays as a stripped down Toyota pick up with a deck mounted DShK or a pair of PKs in the back and about 30 Somalis all toting AKs.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It seemed more common in western media in the late 80s and 90s. I haven’t heard it for a while.


  3. max_supernova says:

    The desert combat mod for Battlefield 1942 has had technicals as a vehicle type since the beginning. Loads of fun.

  4. nixiebunny says:

    I have an idea. Let’s just put everyone in jail right now and get this stupid drug war over with already.

    Of course the Mexican drug cartels will build fancy military-style trucks to implement their turf wars; it comes with having lots of money and few morals. And that comes from the fact that drugs are illegal yet in demand.

  5. J. Lasser says:

    Clearly, Joel, you need to go read Black Hawk Down.

    Which is an awesome book anyway.

  6. Adam C says:

    I believe the term ‘Technical’ started in the so-called “Toyota Wars” in Chad back in the late ’80s.

  7. stwaldo says:

    The wikis to the rescue! AFAIK came into common usage in the early 90s during the Somalia conflict.

  8. dculberson says:

    And as Top Gear proved, a Toyota Hilux diesel is the ideal platform. Tough as nails, though I guess being slow as molasses isn’t a good thing when being shot at.

  9. stwaldo says:


    Woe be unto me for not looking at links in the OP. I hereby revoke my own commenting rights for a period of no less than 48 hours, followed by a probationary period of the life of the Rickroll meme.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Technicals – as seen in Command & Conquer Generals! In other words – not knowing the word identifies you as not being a computer game player :-)

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