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[Photos] Gypsy may no longer serve the Indian Army

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 July 2015, 19:20 IST

There was a time when Maruti Suzuki Gypsy was synonymous with the Indian army. But the vehicle which flaunts a mix of ruggedness and exclusivity, might no longer serve the armed forces. It will reportedly be replaced by its close competitors, Tata Safari Storme and Mahindra Scorpio. Launched in the year 1985, it was inducted in the Indian Army due to its high-end performance on the uneven roads.

Here are the possible reasons for discontinuing Gypsy:

The Indian Army had invited bids for 800-kg vehicles but the Gypsy comes under the category of 500-kg vehicles
Gypsy_Flickr/Creative Commons
In 2013, the Maruti-Suzuki had indicated that they had no plans of modifying Gypsy, which was the reason that they did not participate in the bid
Gypsy_Flickr/Creative Commons
Gypsy does not have airbags, anti-lock braking system, power windows and central locking system
Gypsy_Flickr/Creative Commons
Indian army requires 4x4 vehicles, which are more adept at handling all-terrain roads, which the Gypsy is not
Gypsy_Flickr/Creative Commons
Tata has also been given a contract of 1200 army trucks, this might be the reason that soon Safari Storme will be inducted in the Indian army
Gypsy_Flickr/Creative Commons
It not being available as a diesel-driven could be one of the reasons for its discontinuation
Gypsy_Flickr/Creative Commons
First published: 11 July 2015, 19:20 IST