ITBP taking help of Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour to Secure the Indo-China Border
Maruti-Suzuki Gypsy has been a favourite car for Indian armed forces
SUVs are always favourite medium of transport for the armed forces. Indian Army is no difference. Maruti-Suzuki Gypsy has been the longest serving vehicle for the armed forces of the country. Now a recent report suggests that the Indian Army is planning to replace its Gypsy’s with Mahindra Scorpio or Tata Safari, based on which automaker wins the tender.
Meanwhile the Indo Tibetan Border Police or the ITBP has recently purchased four SUVs, which comprises two new Ford Endeavour and two Toyota Fortuners. These cars will be used to transport the ITBP personnel who guard the Indo-China border territory. The Toyota Fortuner is certainly a very popular SUV in India, while the newly launched Ford Endeavour has been doing pretty well.
The Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavours purchased by ITBP are said to be modified to accommodate 6 to 7 armed personnel along with radio communication equipments. This is the first ever high end SUV purchase by any armed force guarding the border. These four SUVs will be deployed at the high altitude region of Ladakh and Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh, with an altitude of 13000 feet and 6000 feet respectively. Both the regions are known for rough mountain terrains. These 4x4 SUVs will surely help the OTBP personnel to move swiftly in the regions. These SUVs will be strictly used for operational purposes only. Before deploying the cars to their respected destinations a special batch of drivers were trained at the OTBP training centre situated in Chandigarh.