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Tata to deliver 3192 Safari Storme to Indian Armed Forces

Tata to deliver 3192 Safari Storme to Indian Armed Forces
CarTrade Editorial Team CarTrade Editorial Team Thursday 27 April 2017, 14:22 PM

Now Tata Motors has signed an official contract with the Indian Armed Forces to supply 3192 units of the Safari Storme 4x4. The initial order was placed in December last year, after the Army decided to replace the 30,000 units of Maruti Gypsy with a more powerful, safe and diesel powered vehicle.

This first lot of Safari will be slotted into a new segment of vehicles - GS800 (General Service 800). The Safari ticked all the three criteria laid down by Indian Ministry of Defense (MOD) – minimum payload capacity of 800kg, hard roofs and air conditioning. It also underwent a gruelling trial for fifteen months in various terrains across the country. The Army-spec will be very different from the road-going Safari in keeping with the arduous demands of an Army vehicle.

Commenting on the recently bagged order, Vernon Noronha, vice president, defence and government business, Tata Motors, 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.”

This is the second major order for Tata Motors from Defence ministry (the earlier being Rs 1,300 crore deal in January 2016 for high-mobility military trucks). This is also the first step by the Defence ministry to replace the army’s ageing Gypsy fleet of over 30,000 vehicles. This means that the Xenon will also follow suit in becoming a part of the India Army’s fleet. 

 

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