Tata Motors today rolled out 1500th unit of Safari Storme GS800 meant for the Indian Armed Forces. The landmark model was flagged off by Dr Subhash Bhamre, MoS Defence, along with Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defense and Government Business, Tata Motors, at its Pune facility. “Offering 60% higher payload, over 70% higher power and over 200% higher torque, this vehicle has been customized to endure severely rugged operational conditions ranging from high-altitude drives, traversing snow-bound regions, crossing deserts to the marshy lands,” the company said in a statement.
Speaking about the achievement, Vernon Noronha, vice-president, defense and government business, Tata Motors, said “We take immense pride to roll out the 1,500th GS800 Safari Storme of the 3,192 order for the Indian Army. This modern SUV is specially customized to meet the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces. The continued faith bestowed by the country's security forces in Tata Motors is a reflection of our pedigree & aspiration to serve the nations challenging requirements on the front lines."
In order to meet the requirements of the Indian army, the Safari Storme GS800 is indigenously designed and draped in Army Green color. With a minimum payload capacity of 800kg, the army-spec Safaris are reliable and sturdier diesel SUV. As claimed by the automaker, the GS800 Safari has undergone total trial run duration of 15 months in varied terrains across the country including on-road or off-road topographies and offers 60 per cent higher payload, over 70 per cent higher power and over 200 per cent higher torque.
Tata Motors has designed the GS800 for rugged operational conditions ranging from high-altitude drives, traversing snow-bound regions and crossing deserts to the marshy lands to serve the Indian armed forces the best way as required. Talking about the features, the special Tata Safari Storme for Indian Army comes with ABS, recovery hooks, jerry can and fog lamps along with bucket seats, mobile charging point, Air Conditioning (AC), heating, demisting, power windows and ample space inside the cabin to accommodate six crew members comfortably, to be useful during different missions.
The supply of Safari Storme SUVs by Tata Motors is the part of the deal with the Indian Army happened in April 2017. According to the deal, Tata Motors will supply 3,192 units of Safari Storme 4x4 to Indian Armed Forces under a new category of vehicles- GS800 (General Service 800). Till now, the automaker has supplied over 1,300 units of the Safaris for the army. These new supplies of the Safari Storme GS800 by Tata Motors will replace the long-standing Maruti Suzuki Gypsy as army vehicle soon.
However, this is not the first time that Tata Motors has been roped in to supply vehicles to the Indian armed forces. The manufacturer has been serving the security forces since 1958 and has successfully supplied over 1.5 lakh vehicles to date. Tata Motors sells the regular Safari Storme at a price from Rs 10.84 Lakh -15.93 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engine in two– 150 hp and 320 Nm as well as 156 hp and 400 Nm states of tune. While the 150 hp engine comes mated to a 5-speed manual, the 156 hp engine gets a 6-speed manual to perform the transmission duties with an all-wheel-drive as option.
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