Indian Army transportation is all set to undergo a major revamp, with old fashioned Maruti Gypsy which was the standard vehicle of Indian Army soon replaced by SUV. Indian Army had flouted a tender for supplying SUVs, for which Mahindra and TATA were front runners. If the reports are to be believed, Tata Safari Storme is all set to replace Maruti Gypsy. Indian Army will place an order of 3200 Tata Safari initially and in the next few years will replace all the existing Gypsy with Tata Safari.
The other SUV which was in consideration was Mahindra Scorpio. Both the SUVs passed the rigorous technical parameters and field trials of Indian Army in various extreme conditions such as high altitude, snow-capped mountains, deserts, marshy land and rugged terrain. But it is believed that Tata provided a better financial deal and hence, it was chosen. Although the official announcement hasn’t been made yet, but it is expected to be anytime soon.
Currently, Indian Army has about 30,000 Maruti Gypsy which the Army uses for transportation of officers, troops and other staffs. Gypsy has been an all time favourite of Indian Army because of its capability to navigate through any type of rough terrain. However of late, there was a need to have a more comfortable SUV type car which can also navigate through all types of terrains and hence this change. The new Safari Storme that Tata will supply to army will also have extra security features. Moreover Indian Army was looking for SUVs which run with diesel as it is a cheaper and readily available fuel.
Once the deal for Tata Safari is signed, it will be the second mega deal between Indian Army and Tata. A Rs 1,300 crore deal in January to supply high-mobility military trucks for the army was also signed between Indian Army and Tata motors. These high-mobility trucks can be used for various purposes such as transporting men and material to being the platform for multi-barrel rocket launchers and surface-to-air missile systems.