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 known as GS800 (General Service 800). The Indian Ministry of Defence had submitted a request for proposal for vehicles with three basic criteria: minimum payload capacity of 800 kg (1764 lb), hard roofs and air conditioning.
Developed in India, the Tata Safari Storme 4x4 has completed a total trial duration of 15 months in various terrains across the country. According to Tata Motors, the vehicle demonstrated "supreme performance in the most demanding conditions with capabilities of coping with extreme on- or off-road terrains."
Tata Motors’ foray into defense “is progressing exactly as per the plan,” claims the company. The Tata Safari Storme replaces the Maruti Gypsy in the 4x4 light vehicle category.
“We are very proud to have received this prestigious order for over 3000 units of the Safari Storme under the newly formed GS800 category,” said Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors Limited. “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.”
Introduced in 2012, the Safari Storme offers on- and off-road capabilities and robust all-round performance. With 154 hp (115 kW) and 400 N·m (295 lb·ft), Tata Motors says the Storme provides easy drivability, swifter response and lower NVH (noise, vibration and harshness). The vehicle also reportedly offers best-in-class ground clearance of 200 mm (7.87 in). The 4x4 variant features ESOF (electronic shift-on-fly) technology, enabling engagement of the 4x4 or 4x2 mode on the move.
Tata Motors’ Defence Solutions offers its customers a range of vehicles in the light, medium and heavy category. These include logistics, tactical, armored and specialist vehicles, with low lifecycle maintenance cost, supported by the company’s pan-India service network, ensuring maximum operational readiness.