The Indian Army has given the Tata Safari a new lease on life, the Safari will be replacing the tried and tested Maruti Suzuki Gypsy as the Army’s go-to 4x4. Tata will specially build, the oddly specific 3,192 Safari’s that the Indian Army has requested with a specially protected under-body as well as reworked suspension. This replacement will see the Indian army, ditch the s small footprint, light body and quiet petrol motor Gyspy for creature comforts that the Safari has to offer.However, in contrast, the Safari brings to the table many creature comforts that make our men in uniform otherwise regimented lives a little more comfortable in the form of amenities like air conditioning, having a hard top and a payload capacity of 800 kg. Naturally, the Army works division will also be working to see if the Safari can be put to other uses as well, which brings us to the Techni-Camo Safari flatbed in the images.
It seems like this Safari is set for some serious reconnaissance with the large antenna popping out of the soft-top modified Safari alongside the ultra-cool looking turret mounted binoculars. Packed with 4x4 and the original 2.2-litre, turbocharged diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The mill is good for producing a maximum power output of 154 bhp along with a peak torque of 400 Nm. A four-wheel-drive system comes as standard.
This recon vehicle is the first of the what we are expecting to be a long line of Army developed Safari’ which have been armed with a suspension system that has now been strengthened to cope up with the rugged needs of the Army. Also, the underbody of the Tata Safari Storme gets more protection now to serve the purpose in a better way.