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Top Cars And Bikes Used By The Indian Army: Independence Day

Top Cars And Bikes Used By The Indian Army: Independence Day

Top Vehicles Used by Indian Armed Forces

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India is celebrating its 76th Independence Day. Independence Day is the day to honor and commemorate the sacrifices made by the brave hearts of this nation to be liberated from British rule and those who have since devoted their lives to protecting our country. The Indian Armed Forces are committed every day to protect our country. The Indian Armed Forces protect India on land, sea and water. They are deployed in some of the toughest terrains ranging from cold deserts, ice capped mountains, dense rainforests, hot deserts to name a few. India has the greatest variety of terrains on its borders and these are not only harsh environments, but also very difficult terrains to navigate. Therefore, we have compiled a list of top vehicles used by Indian Armed Forces to conquer these terrains.

Mahindra Jeep

Mahindra CJ3B
Mahindra CJ3B.

After independence, Mahindra acquired the license for the Willys Jeep which they first assembled locally and then started producing. The Jeep was built specifically for World War II and proved to be a very useful tool for armed forces around the world. Mahindra produced the Jeep and its iterations in the years that followed and this 4X4 all terrain vehicle remained the top choice for Indian armed forces for many years.

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy

Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
This one needs a special mention as it continues to prove its metal even today. It was first introduced in the year 1985 and is still the most preferred choice of the Indian Armed Forces. Although Maruti Suzuki stopped producing the Gypsy for the masses in 2018, the Gypsy still remains in production for the Indian military. To paint a better picture in your head, imagine the world in 1985 and imagine how much the world has changed since then. It can be said that the Gypsy is the most reliable vehicle introduced to the market. It is bare and simple by a very capable and reliable product of Japanese engineering. Some time ago, the Indian army showed its ability to disassemble and reassemble the gypsy in less than 2 minutes. That speaks volumes for the capabilities of the Indian army and the Gypsy. They are both completely in sync with each other, the gypsy has become an integral part of the Indian defense system.

Royal Enfield Bullet

Royal Enfield Bullet
Royal Enfield Bullet

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” and the same goes for the Royal Enfield Bullet. The legend of Royal Enfield predates both World Wars. It used to be a British brand that eventually became Indian over the years. It is the most important motorcycle company in the world and is now expanding its presence around the world. The Indian Armed Forces gave the company its first official order of 500 motorcycles in 1952 and the rest as they say is history. The Royal Enfield Bullet has remained the top engine choice of the Indian Armed Forces throughout all these years of Indian independence. The Indian Armed Forces are also testing the Royal Enfield Himalayan, so we might see a new addition to this list next year.

Tata Motors Safari

Tata Safari Storme
Tata Safari Storme

The Tata Motors Safari sign has a special place in the hearts of Native Americans. It is equally loved by the Indian armed forces who have used the armored version of Safari Dicor over the years and now the newer version, the Safari Storme, continues the tradition. The Safari Storme was withdrawn from the Indian market, but Tata Motors continues to produce armored versions of this SUV for the Indian Armed Forces. Since 2010, it has been the top performer in the tests conducted by Indian Armed Forces for armored SUVs manufactured in India. Tata Motors has a dedicated vehicle development wing for the Indian Armed Forces, so we can expect the Safari nameplate to continue to do its duty for the Armed Forces going forward.

Tata Motors Xenon

Tata Xenon
Tata Xenon

Tata Motors Xenon was the first pickup truck to be introduced in India. The Xenon was withdrawn from the Indian market, but Tata continues to produce the Xenon for the Indian military. The Tata Xenon is a very versatile platform that is frequently used in the Indian army. The non-armored version of the Tata Xenon is used as a troop carrier and the armored version is a combat-ready version of the Xenon with artillery on the quarterdeck. The versatility of the pickup vehicle platform has enabled the application of Tata Xenon pickup truck on many fronts for the Indian Army.