Tata Motors will be supplying 3192 units of the Tata Safari Storme 4×4 to the Indian Armed Forces. The Safari Storme 4×4 is added under the General Service 800 (GS800) category of vehicles. The vehicles will be delivered to the Army and Navy in a phased manner.
The Tata Safari Storme 4×4 met all three essential criteria – Minimum payload capacity of 800 kgs, hard roof and air conditioning that the Ministry of Defence had requested. It replaces the Maruti Gypsy in the 4×4 light vehicle category.
Tata Motors has upgraded the drivetrain and suspension setup to cope with any kind of extreme on or off-road terrains. The SUV has been put to trial in different terrains across the country for nearly 15 months to prove its supreme performance in the most demanding conditions.
Commenting on the recently bagged order, Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors Limited said, “We are very proud to have received this prestigious order for over 3000 units of the Safari Storme under the newly formed GS800 category. Tata Motors has been a leading supplier of mobility solutions to the Indian Armed Forces and this order is a testimony to our partnership with the country’s security forces. This variant of the Storme has been modified from the one available for civilians with an upgraded drivetrain and significantly modified suspension. The Safari Storme was conceived and designed keeping in mind the need for a rugged, comfortable and reliable vehicle, making it popular with law enforcement agencies. We will shortly commence delivery of these vehicles to the Army and Navy in a phased manner.”
Tata Motors has been a leading supplier of defence mobility solutions to the Indian Armed Forces. It has been associated with the country’s off-road defence and security forces, since 1958 and has supplied over 1,50,000 vehicles to the Indian Military and Paramilitary forces.
The Tata Safari Storme was introduced in 2012 and boasts of superior on-road and off-road capabilities. It is powered by a 2.2 L VARICOR diesel engine that produces 150 PS and 320 Nm and is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission. It is also offered with the more powerful 2.2 L VARICOR 400 engine that produces 156 PS and 400 Nm and is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.