Tata Motors has reportedly begun delivering Safari Storme vehicles to the Indian Army.
On 27 April 2017, Tata Motors announced a contract for the supply of 3,192 units of the Tata Safari Storme 4×4 vehicle to the Indian Armed Forces.
The delivery of the vehicles will be carried out in a phased manner for both for the Indian Army and the Indian Navy.
Prior to its selection under a new category of vehicles – GS800 (General Service 800), the Tata Safari Storme 4×4 was put through 15 months of testing in different terrains across the country.
The vehicle, which will serve as a replacement to the Maruti Gypsy in the 4×4 light vehicle category, met three basic criteria stated in the Request for Proposal floated by the Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD).
The three requirements were a minimum payload capacity of 800kg; hard roofs, and air conditioning.
Featuring electronic shift-on-fly technology and a horsepower of 156bhp and 400Nm torque, Safari Storme provides easy drivability, swifter response and lower noise, vibration, and harshness.
It also offers superior fuel efficiency and ground clearance of 200mm, according to Tata Motors.
The Tata Safari Storme 4×4 vehicle is a modified version of a variant designed for civilians. It has been upgraded with an updated drivetrain and modified suspension.