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Tata Motors has received a contract to supply of 3,192 units of the Tata Safari Storme 4x4 to the Indian Armed Forces, under a new category of vehicles - GS800 (General Service 800).
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) had floated a Request For Proposal (RFP) for vehicles with three primary criteria - minimum payload capacity of 800 kgs; hard roofs and air conditioning.
The Tata Safari Storme 4x4, which is developed indigenously, completed a total trial duration of fifteen months in diverse terrains across the country, exhibiting excellent performance in the most challenging conditions with abilities to cope with extreme on or off-road terrains.
Tata Motors claims its foray into Defence is progressing as per plan. The Tata Safari Storme 4x4 was favoured over the Mahindra Scorpio by the Indian Army and replaces the Maruti Gypsy, reflecting the company's position as a leading supplier of defence mobility solutions to the Indian Armed Forces.
Commenting on the order, Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors Limited said, "We are very proud to have received this prestigious order for over 3,000 units of the Safari Storme under the newly formed GS800 category."
He added, "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."
The Tata Safari Storme was introduced in 2012 boasts of superior on-road and off-road capabilities and strong all-around performance, offering the customers with an unmatched driving experience.
The Tata Safari Storme is powered by 2.2-litre Varicor engine churning out 154bhp and 400Nm of torque. The SUV features best-in-class ground clearance of 200mm. Also, 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 provides its customers with a broad range of vehicles in the light, medium and heavy category. These include Logistics, Tactical, Armored and Specialist vehicles, with lowest life-cycle maintenance cost, backed by the company's vast pan-India service network, ensuring maximum operational readiness.
The company has been affiliated with the country's off-road defence and security forces, since 1958 and has supplied over 1,50,000 vehicles to the Indian Military and Paramilitary forces.
Also, Tata Motors exports its range of specialised defence vehicles to the SAARC, ASEAN and African regions as well.