Aug 29: Tata Motors has rolled out the 1500th unit of the Safari Storme GS800 (General Service 800) for the Indian Army. The Army-spec Safari Storme was rolled out from the company’s production line at Pune.
Tata Motors had signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence for the supply of Safari Storme 4×4 SUV to the Indian Armed Forces back in 2017. As per the deal, a total of 3192 units of the Safari Storme GS800 will be delivered by Tata, of which 1300 has already been rolled out.
Tata Motors said that the GS800 was designed keeping in mind the demands and requirements of the Indian Army. The army-specific vehicle comes equipped with ABS, fog lamps, AC, power windows, mobile charging point, recovery hooks and jerry cans. The bucket seating facility in the interior can house up to six persons.
A familiar 2.2-litre Varicor engine is seated under the hood that produces a power of 143 bhp @ 400 rpm, and a torque of 400Nm@1750-2500 rpm. Tata says that the power and torque output is respectively 70% and 200% more than that of the standard Safari Storme.
The engine is mated with a 6-speed gearbox and a 4×4 low range box. The minimum payload capacity has also seen an increase of 60%, with the Army-spec Safari Storme GS800 featuring a payload capacity of over 800 kg.
The Indian Armed Forces struck the deal with Tata after a 15-month trial period. The vehicle will be replacing the long-used Maruti Gypsy (GS500), which has been servicing the Army since 1991.