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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Earlier this year, Defence Acquisition Council, chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accorded acceptance of the necessity for the purchase of nearly 5,000 GS (general service) 4×4 vehicles for Rs 760 crore and recently Indian Army has issued RFI (request for information) to procure approximate 1500 Light Vehicle GS 4×4 700 to 900 Kg (Hard Top) for use by the three services.

Indian Army has purchased over 35,000 Gypsy vehicles in the last three decades and many are currently still in service, with plans in place to phase them out but due to the high demand and repeat orders from the armed sources meant that Maruti Suzuki continued supplying the SUV to the Army till 2020.

In 2017, the Indian Army signed a contract with Tata Motors to supply over 3,000 Safari Storme SUVs, and it has been used by the Army to transport senior officials since then. The Indian Army is looking for a soft-top 4×4, which can be used in rugged terrains like mountains. A soft-top proves more versatile as it enables soldiers to place rifles, guns, and mobile communication systems, and also allows for easy movement of Quick Reaction Teams.

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