Scorpio and Safari can wait, Indian Army orders 4000 units of Maruti Gypsy
Order for 4,000 units of Maruti Gypsy from India Army is single largest order for the company and follows an order for 1,000 vehicles in 2012. This order was received by Maruti Suzuki three months ago and the company has already delivered 50 percent of the order with balance promised in the next four months.
Maruti Suzuki first delivered Gypsy to the Indian Army in 1991 following which till date the company has sold 31,000 units to the Army. These Gypsy models have been tweaked to cater to the specific requirements of the India Army while additional accessories have been added. Maruti Gypsy for the India Army receives special convoy lights which emit green rays for soldiers to follow in black out war situations while other accessories include hooks on the car for placing large guns and mounting weapons.
Though exact details of the deal between the Indian Army and Maruti Suzuki have not been disclosed, it is understood that the deal was closed through Central Government tendering and the Indian Army will be receiving these Gypsy models at a price lower than market price where the Gypsy is selling between INR 5.42 to 5.96 lakhs. The total worth of the order is slated to be in the region of INR 216-230 crores.
Maruti Gypsy is regaled by the defence forces for its capacity to tackle the most difficult terrain and most demanding of situations as seen in the regions of Ladakh. It is also the good performance and instant availability of spare parts that Maruti cars are preferred by the Army.
This new order also clears the air over earlier report which claimed that Maruti Gypsy will be replaced by Mahindra Scorpio and Tata Safari by Indian Army.