NEW DELHI: Expensive SUVs, usually found zipping across roads in urban locations, have for the first time been deployed at high-altitude border posts of the ITBP along the China-India border to transport troopers.
Four white-coloured Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), two Toyota Fortuner and as many Ford Endeavour, with a price tag of around Rs 25 lakh each, have been deployed by the border guarding force at some of its forward locations over 13,000 feet above the sea level at Burtse and Dungti in the Ladakh sector and Menchuka, over 6,000 feet, in Arunachal Pradesh.
No other border guarding force or Army formations in forward areas have ever used high-end SUVs for troops.
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) headquarters here has issued a directive that the troopers and officers will use these vehicles only for operational tasks to prevent their misuse.
UAE - 13 hours ago
WOW!! only 4 cars to Gaurd vast China border and still it makes to news. Somebody is working really hard to ensure that every mini step goes to first page. With huge unspent defense budget funds lying with government, modernization efforts of army should be expedited. China has built huge infrastructure on border with India and these four cars wont be able to match China''s build up.
Good start? A good start would be to invest at least 10 crore and buy 40 such SUVs. Even a 1 BHK apartment costs more than a crore these days, and we are talking about national security here.
Ask Tatas to make smart humvees with engine designed for low density air, and turbo chargers.
Overseas these vehicles are not at all luxury as mentioned here. Also, the prices mentioned are inclusive of excise duty, local sales tax etc., which may not apply to the defence forces. So in actual value the cost will be considerably lower.l
This is profligacy in the garb of modernisations.
The least India could have done to at least use some camouflage, this looks like a sitting duck.
Why,three or four SUV for border patrolling,it should be around 100 vehicle,after all,it is matter of National security
Lester the Tester
Why white color? It''s so visible.
We are not UN.
Buy marauder vehicle from South Africa.
candu with time
ITBP should get HUMMER for its troop in the region, capable of covering every thing
Whoever started this Idea is MC. They could have gone for some other tough vehicle like jeep.
nd chines bring hummer on other side poor india
put Tata n Mahindra suvs
Armed forces should be supplied the demands as soon as possible...they deserve better resources more than anyone else