Tata Motors signed a contract under a new category of vehicles – GS800 (General Service 800) with the Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) to provide the Indian Army with 3192 Safari Stormes for various mobility solutions.
The Army has three basic criteria when it comes to vehicles used for mobility services – a minimum payload capacity of 800kg, hard top and air conditioning. The Safari Storme has completed a rigorous 15 months of trial, testing in various terrains across the country. It managed to perform in the most demanding conditions coping with both on and off-road terrains.
Commenting on the recently bagged order, Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence and Government Business, Tata Motors said, “We are very proud to have received this prestigious order for over 3000 units of the Safari Storme under the newly formed GS800 category. 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 for the Army and Navy in a phased manner.”
Tata Motors’ Defence Solutions has been associated with the country’s defence and security forces since 1958 and have supplied over a lakh and a half Tactical, Armored and Specialist vehicles to the Indian Military and Paramilitary forces. Apart from that, Tata also exports a range of specialised defence vehicles to SAARC, ASEAN and African regions.