Tata Motors today rolled out the 1500th Tata Safari Storme for the Indian Army which would replace the aging fleet of Maruti Suzuki Gypsy (lightweight 500 kgs payload category). The Maruti Gypsy has been enjoying the decade long monopoly until the Indian Army had planned to replace the aging fleet. Earlier, the Tata Safari and Mahindra Scoprio had qualified to participate in the tender for General Service 800 Category Army Vehicles. Which is said to be a vehicle with hard top and capable of 800 kgs payload with air conditioning on option. Later, Tata managed to bagged an order for 3192 units to the Army.
The Tata Safari Storme went through various testing and modification. Including a updated drive train, modified suspension and the lowest life-cycle maintenance cost before the final product was placed for production. Indian Army would be using the Safari Storme for quick personnel and troops movement along with deployment in some of the extreme terrains.
The Army spec Tata Safari Storme has some huge differences and the color is though one of them. The body is painted in matte green to neutralize the reflection which helps in stealth capabilities. Additionally, no-chrome is the theme. Yes, rather the Army spec gets complete blacked out theme which off course helps in avoiding enemy eyes. The bonnet has the radio antenna while At the rear its gets canister mounts for adding extra fuel capacity and a towing hook.
The Army spec Tata Safari Storme is named as Tata GS 800 Safari Storme. The GS 800 Safari comes with the tried and tested Dicor 2.2 litre turbocharged diesel engine which generates around 262 bhp of peak power and 800 Nm of peak torque. The Safari GS 800 gets 4X4 drive as standard with ESOF (Electronic Shift On Fly) technology which engages the 4×4 to 4×2 or vice versa in seconds without any jerk.
The Indian Army is looking ahead to upgrade itself with the Safari Storme which would surely help the military in all the situation and terrains. Tata has made remarkable changes to the Safari and thus helped to meet the requirements of the Army. Along with a boost to the Government’s Make-In-India move.
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