It is being told that the demand for new 4×4 vehicles with soft top may come up by the Indian Army in the coming months, under which more than 35,000 Maruti Gypsys will be replaced in a phased manner, which are currently serving in the Indian Army. .
Last week, the Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, gave a green signal to the Army’s proposal to acquire the Light Vehicle GS (General Service) 4X4. Let us tell you that the Maruti Gypsy was introduced in the Indian market in the year 1984 along with the Maruti 800 (SS80) and the Maruti Omni.
The strong appeal of this SUV and its go-around capability made it the de facto choice for the Indian Army, which replaced the bulky and outdated Jonga. Along with this, it also replaced the Mahindra MM540 and MM550 to some extent.
Its high demand from the armed forces and orders to use it once again in the army meant that Maruti Suzuki continued to supply this SUV to the army till the year 2020, until the civil version due to new emission and safety norms. was not removed.
The service life of the Maruti Gypsy in the Indian Army is around 15 years, which means that the replacement process will be done gradually and the process will continue for many years. Apart from the Maruti Gypsy, the Tata Safari Storme has also been associated with the Indian Army and this car is also serving in the army.
Who will replace the Maruti Gypsy
The Indian Army is looking for a soft-top 4×4 vehicle that can be used in rough terrains like mountains. A soft-top vehicle proves to be more versatile as it enables soldiers to carry rifles, guns and mobile communication systems.
Along with this, this vehicle is also effective for easy movement of quick reaction teams. The Indian Army is expected to open tenders and companies may offer a new vehicle based on the existing platform. In such a situation, it is believed that Tata Safari Storme can be a big contender in this matter.