In a new development in the Armed Forces, Tata Motors has signed a deal for supplying one of their most iconic and powerful SUVs, Tata Safari Storme 4X4 into the Army. Indian carmaker claimed that it will produce 3192 units of Safari Storme, specially customized for the Indian Armed Forces. The macho SUV will replace the evergreen Maruti Suzuki Gypsy which has been the choice of Army for many years and is one of the most powerful and oldest 4X4 jeeps ever in India.
Safari Storme will be available for the Army under a new category of vehicles which will be known as GS800 (General Service 800). In the proposal request, The Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) has mentioned three basic requirements for the SUV which are minimum load capacity should be 800 kgs, air conditioner, and hard rooftops. For those who are thinking that they have already seen the vehicle in the Army print camouflage avatar, The SUV has been doing the trials for the last fifteen months across different locations in India and the deal has been finalized now. The SUV was under evaluation of its ability to tackle the extreme conditions or terrains.
Tata Motors has also replaced the famous fleet of the Tatra trucks in the forces and now they are back in the forces with Safari Storme. Tata inserted their High Mobility 6X6 vehicle into the Army in replacement of Tatra trucks and now they will replace the iconic Gypsy. India is the fifth country in the world in the terms of money spent on Defence per year.
Vice President, Defence and Government Business, Tata Motors Limited, Vernon Noronha 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 drive train 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. “
The Safari Storme is powered by 2.2L VARICOR engine which has the capability to generate 156PS of power and 400Nm of torque. The SUV has a ground clearance of 200mm and the 4X4 variant features electronic shift-on-fly technology, which gives the option of switching between 4×4 and 4×2 modes while you are driving. Till date, Tata has provided around 1,50,000 units of different types of vehicles to the Armed Forces of India.
PM Modi has stated in the starting of his term that he will take care of Indian Army expenses and make sure Army needs what is required and India has an average Army expense of around $5 billion per year.