Indian carmaker, Tata Motors has signed a contract with the Indian Army for supplying 3,192 Safari Storme cars under a new category, GS800 or General Service 800. The Ministry of Defence had raised an RFP (Request For Proposal) with three parameters, a payload capacity of 800 kg, hard roof and air conditioning. The cars that were considered under this proposal were the Tata Safari Storme and the Mahindra Scorpio, both with all-wheel-drive capabilities. Both cars were being tested by the defence force since 2013, according to an earlier report in ET Now. After the approval of this contract, Tata Motors has become the leading supplier of defence vehicles to the Indian Armed Forces. In addition to the Safari Storme, the company also supplies vehicles in the medium and heavy categories as well.
At the occasion, 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.”
Powering the Tata Safari Storme is a 2.2 litre diesel engine which generates 154 hp of power and 400 Nm of torque. This motor is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with ESOF (Electronic Shift On the Fly) capability which enables the driver of the Safari Storme to change from a two-wheel drive to all-wheel-drive at the twist of a switch. Since 1958, Tata Motors has been one of the key suppliers to the Indian Army with 15 lakh vehicles supplied so far. The medium and heavy category defence vehicles supplied by Tata Motors caters to logistic, tactical, armoured and specialist vehicles.