Tata Motors has signed a contract to supply 3192 units of the Tata Safari Storme 4x4 to the Indian Armed Forces, under a new category of vehicles - GS800 (General Service 800).
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) had floated an RFP for vehicles with three basic criteria – minimum payload capacity of 800 kgs; hard roofs and air conditioning, the company announced today.
Developed indigenously, the Tata Safari Storme 4x4 has completed total trial duration of fifteen months in various terrains across the country, demonstrating supreme performance in the most demanding conditions with capabilities of coping with extreme on or off-road terrains.
Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors Limited said, “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,” Noronha added.
“We will shortly commence delivery of these vehicles for the Army and Navy in a phased manner.” He added.
Introduced in 2012, with a renewed power of 156 PS & 400 Nm torque, the Storme provides easy drivability, swifter response and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness), with superior fuel efficiency and best-in-class ground clearance of 200mm.
The 4X4 variant also features ESOF (electronic shift-on-fly) technology, enabling engagement of the 4X4 or 4X2 mode on the move.