The iconic Maruti Gypsy which is used by the Indian Army will soon be replaced by the new range of SUVs. Tata Safari Storme has been selected to replace the Gypsy.
In the initial phase the army has ordered around 3,200 units of Safari Storme SUVs which is likely to increase in the coming years. Although an official statement is yet to be made on this development.
As per the sources, Tata Motors outgunned the Mahindra Group, which fielded its Scorpio SUVs. Both the India-made SUVs went through rigorous technical trials by the army.
It is said that Tata Group has presented a better financial deal to the army. The Indian Army has decided to replace its fleet of Gypsy that are extensively used at the battalion level to transport troops and officers.
Over 30,000 Maruti Gypsy are in service in the army and will be progressively replaced starting from next year. An official said, "The initial order is for 3,198 new SUVs but the total number is likely to go much beyond that."
The Maruti Gypsy has been the favourite vehicle for the army due to its ability to navigate tough terrain. Although the need of a new vehicle with additional safety features and with more powerful diesel engine led to this development.
Once the new deal in signed, this will be Tata Motors' second major order. Earlier this year Tata Motors signed a Rs 1,300 crore deal to supply high-mobility trucks for the army. The 6x6 vehicles can be employed to various purposes in the army.