Recently, the Indian Armed Forces decided to replace the old Maruti Suzuki Gypsy with a more capable and newer 4X4 vehicle. However, the importance of the iconic Maruti Suzuki Gypsy in the armed forces is undeniable. The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is one of the lightest 4X4 vehicles and has been used for decades, the Armed Forces knows every bit and part of the vehicle. Here is a video showing BSF members smashing and reassembling a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy in 2 minutes!
The video was recorded in a rehearsal. The video shows a gypsy with a ‘Chetak’ nameplate. The battalions named their war vehicles and it got the names of the brave warriors of Maharana Pratap of Mewar dynasty of Rajasthan.
The video shows a group of army members driving the vehicle and then stopping in the middle to completely destroy the vehicle. They first snatched the body panel car with the body attached to the bonnet, door and frame. They also removed the steering, engine and transmission units. Eventually, they removed the front and rear axles with tires mounted on them.
It all looks like a formula 1 pitstop. Coordination among staff is impeccable.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy off
The Maruti Suzuki Gypsy was officially discontinued by the manufacturer last year. The SUV failed to meet the new safety standards set by the government. However, it is one of the most sought after vehicles in India, especially by the off-roading community. The Gypsy is a lightweight, petrol-powered 4X4 SUV, which is why it is so capable. SUVs can pass through any terrain and can be easily changed. This is why the Gypsy is one of the most common vehicles used by the country’s paramilitary forces.
Maruti Suzuki has yet to launch a gypsy replacement in India, however, we may see a whole new gymnasium in the Indian market by next year. The all-new Jimny is a similarly lightweight, petrol-powered off-road vehicle and can even go through extreme challenges.
Why are gypsies so popular?
Among the armed forces, Maruti Suzuki Gypsy is extremely popular for various reasons. Gypsy lightweight makes it a very capable off-roader. The Gypsy is very compact and can be lowered from the air using a parachute.
One of the problems that the armed forces faced while using Gypsy was the use of petrol fuel. Although all other equipment in the force runs on diesel, the Gypsy is the only vehicle in the Army fleet that uses petrol. Carrying separate fuels becomes a logistical problem.