India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has received an order from the Indian Army for 4,100 units of the Gypsy.
The previous order by the Indian Army was back in 2012 for 1,000 units. The current order for 4,100 units was actually placed three months ago and Maruti has delivered half the order and will complete the order in four months time.
The first order by the Army for the SUV that was introduced in 1985 was in 1991. The company has so far delivered 31,000 Gypsys to the Indian defence force.
RS Kalsi, the Executive Director and head of domestic Sales and Marketing for Maruti Suzuki India said, "The Army has some specific requirements and they need additional accessories. We tweak those specifications even though it involves a lot of effort on our part in terms of engineering and production. We are glad they have shown trust in us with repeat orders."
The Gypsy will be customised as per army specs, which will include convoy lights, arms and ammunition holder and tow hooks for the front and rear.
Apart from the Army, the Air Force, Navy, paramilitary forces and BSF also place orders for these hardcore 4X4 vehicles but in a lower number.