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In 2017, Tata Motors had bagged an order from the Indian Army to supply 3,192 units of the Safari Storme 4x4 under the General Service 800 (GS800) category. Now, TeamBHP reports that the deliveries of the Army-spec Tata Safari have started.
The new images suggest that the deliveries of the Tata Safari Storme Army Edition have begun. The Tata Safari Army Edition was spotted at a Tata Motors yard in New Delhi when the Army-spec SUV was being unloaded. Indian Army's Central Vehicle Depot (CVD) is also located in Delhi.
The new images reveal more details about the Tata Safari Storme Army Edition. The interior of the SUV features a beige and black theme. Other features include reading lamps for the front and middle rows, Subros air conditioning system, ABS 9.1 and dual airbags.
On the design front, the Tata Safari Army Edition gets a matte green paint scheme which is common among the Army vehicles. The SUV also gets heavy-duty tow hook at the rear, jerry can holder on the rear left side and blacked out front and rear lamps.
Another prominent highlight of the Army-spec Safari Storme is that it does not get any chrome bits. All the body panels are either blacked out or painted with the matte green body colour. The SUV is also equipped with roof rails finished in black colour. The wheels are also painted in matte green.
The Tata Safari Storme Army Edition draws power from the existing 2.2-litre four-cylinder, turbocharged, Varicor diesel engine. On the standard model, the engine produces 154bhp and 400Nm of torque. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox with 4x4 low-range box as standard.
The Tata Safari Storme was selected for the Indian Army after undergoing a 15-month trial period. As per Army requirements, the vehicle should be capable of carrying an 800kg payload and equipped with a hard roof, air conditioning and four-wheel-drive. The Safari Storme will replace the iconic Maruti Gypsy which has been in service since 1991.
Thoughts On The Tata Safari Storme Army Edition
The Tata Safari Storme Army Edition will replace the iconic Maruti Gypsy in the Indian Army. The Safari Storme is a very capable vehicle and will fit the needs of the Army. The Safari Storme Army Edition is expected to be used as a personnel carrier and on reconnaissance missions. With the new matte green colour scheme, the Tata Safari looks menacing.