After, facing stiff competition from Mahindra Scorpio, Tata motors finally manages to bag the contract for supplying vehicles to the Indian Armed Forces. The officially signed contract states that Tata Motors will be supplying 3,192 units of the Safari Storme 4×4 model to the army of the new range of vehicles known as the GS800 (General Service 800). According to defence news, the Ministry of Defence (MOD) was looking for a vehicle which could fulfill the following three requirements:
- Minimum payload capacity of 800kg
- Hard roof
Not only that, Tata Safari completed a trial period of total 15 months in different terrains of the country to win the contract. The SUV displayed supreme performance by proving itself to endure the most demanding conditions with the capability of facing extreme on or off-road terrains. The replacement of Czech Tatra trucks by Tata High Mobility Vehicle 6×6 in the 10-tonne class and Maruti Gypsy by Tata Safari Storme reiterates the position of the Tata Motors as a leading manufacturer of defence mobility solutions to the Indian army.
To put it in the words of Vernon Noronha the Vice President of Defence and Government Business, Tata Motors Limited, “We are very proud to have received the 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.”
Tata Safari: The New Possession of the Indian Army
According to Vernon Noronha, Tata Safari was specially designed to offer a rugged, comfortable and reliable vehicle to the armed forces. The Storme available for the use of our defence team has been modified with an upgraded drivetrain and suspension from the one available for the use of the civilians. The specially conceived Tata Safari offers the following to our Armed forces:
- Comfortable ride
- Protection from the harsh weather
- Tough exterior
- Availability of cheap spare parts
- Efficient servicing
- Low cost
- Manufacturer in India
Tata Motors’ Defence Solutions manufactures a wide variety of vehicles in the light, medium and heavy categories for the Indian Defence Forces which include Logistics, Tactical Armoured, and Specialist vehicles. These vehicles have a low life-cycle maintenance cost which is supported by the vast service network of the company. This assures maximum in-service readiness.
Tata Safari: A Gem of A Vehicle
The Indian Army needed a vehicle for the purpose of transporting the officers during the time of peace as well as during wars, across different locations in the country. Tata Safari was designed to fulfill these needs.
Introduced in the year 2012, the Tata Safari Storme unchained the high-class on-road and off-road potential of the car. The car provides a powerful all-round performance to its customers along with a matchless off-road driving exposure.
Specifications of Tata Safari Strome
The Storme comes with a 2.2 VARICOSE diesel engine which promotes 156 PS and 400 Nm torque and standard ground clearance of 200mm. It also sports Electronic Shift-On-Fly (ESOF) technology, enabling engagement of the 4×4 or 4×2 mode on the move. Other specifications may include:
- Max Speed: 160 kmph
- Power Steering
- Capacity: Driver+6 people
- Air –conditioned
- Anti-lock Braking System
- Vehicle Weight: 3000kg
- Payload: 825 kgs
Tata Motors has supplied more than 1.5 lakhs vehicles to the Indian Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces. The defence sector of India is looking forward to the modernization and restructuring in the coming years to become self-reliance with a budget of $130-150 billion.