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Tata Motors had won an order from the Indian Army to supply 3,192 units of the Safari Storme 4x4 under the General Service 800 (GS800) category. Now, the deliveries of the Tata Safari Storme Army Edition has begun.
A truck loaded with the Army-spec Tata Safari Storme was spotted making deliveries. The Tata Safari Storme Army Edition is finished in an olive green colour which is common among the army vehicles. Even the wheels are painted in green colour which gives the SUV a distinct look.
The Tata Safari Storme will be Indian Army's new general purpose light utility vehicle which will replace the Maruti Gypsy, MM550 DXB and also Hindustan Ambassadors. The general purpose vehicles are primarily used as staff cars in the Army Service.
The Army-spec Safari Storme will also be used for secondary patrolling and other mild combat purposes. Tata Motors will also supply add-on armours for mild combat. However, the Tata Safari Storme will not be used as a front line combat vehicle as it requires a completely different setup.
Tata Motors has not revealed the power output of the Army-spec Safari Storme. The road-going version of the Safari Storme draws power from a 2.2-litre four-cylinder, turbocharged, Varicor diesel engine producing 154bhp and 400Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox with 4x4 low-range box as standard.
Other prominent safety features of the Tata Safari Storme Army Edition include dual airbags, ABS, EBD, electronic stability control and rollover mitigation. The Army-spec Safari Storme also gets jerry can holder on the rear left fender, additional lights on the front bumper and an antenna on the bonnet.
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 overall design is similar to the stock version of the SUV but features a distinctive colour and few other types of equipment. We expect the engine of the Army-spec Safari Storme to be tuned for slightly higher power output.
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