The Indian Armed Forces may very soon be using the Land Rover Defender in its barracks.
The speculation is rife that the premium British brand Land Rover may be introduced in the Indian Armed Forces shortly. Other models of Land Rovers are already being used by most countries in their defence sector.
"Our talks with the Indian government are at a nascent stage. There are a few Defenders with the forces on a trial basis," said a senior JLR official.
Tata Motors, after acquiring the Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) in 2008, launched the brand in India in June 2009. There are speculations that Tata Motors will be selling another model of Land Rover, The Defender, to the Armed Forces.
The company sees the launch of the brand such as Jaguar and Land Rover as a good opportunity to build a base for them in the country. "The two brands had been well received in India earlier, but later got disconnected. Now, we intend to extend the penetration of the two brands in the market and give Indian customers a chance to experience the brands," said Ratan N Tata, Chairman, and Tata Motors.