Tata Safari GS800 wins the contract of the Armed forces after winning the contract over Scorpio and replaces the old Gpysy
Tata Motors has signed a contract to supply 3192 units of the Tata Safari Storme 4×4 to the Indian Armed Forces, under a new class of vehicles – GS800 (General Service 800). The Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) had floated an RFP for vehicles with three basic criteria – minimum payload capacity of 800 kgs; hard roofs and air conditioning. Developed indigenously by Tata, the Safari Storme 4×4 has completed a total trial duration of fifteen months in various terrains across the country and ended up coping with extreme on or off-road terrains.
Tata Motors foray into Defence is progressing exactly as per the plan. First a replacement of Tatra by Tata High Mobility Vehicle 6×6 in the 10 Tonne class, and now a replacement of Maruti Gypsy by Tata Safari Storme in the 4×4 light vehicle group, reiterates Tata Motors’ position as a leading supplier of defence mobility solutions to the Indian Armed Forces.
The order for over 3000 units of the Safari Storme is for under the newly formed GS800 category. This variant of the Storme has been modified from the one available for civilians with an upgraded drivetrain and much modified suspension. The Safari Storme was designed keeping in mind the need for a rugged, comfortable and reliable vehicle, making it popular with law enforcement agencies. Tata will shortly begin delivery of these vehicles for the Army and Navy in a phased manner.”
Safari Storme introduced in 2012, the vehicle boasts of superior on-road and off-road capabilities and robust all round performance. With a uprated power of 156 PS & 400 Nm torque the Storme provides more drivability, swifter response and lower NVH. With superior fuel efficiency and best-in-class ground clearance of 200mm along with the 4X4 variant also features ESOF (electronic shift-on-fly) technology, enabling engagement of the 4X4 or 4X2 to make things easier off-road.
Tata Motors’ Defence Solutions include Logistics, Tactical, Armored and Specialist vehicles, with lowest life-cycle maintenance cost, supported by the company’s vast pan-India service network, ensuring largest operational readiness.
Tata Motors has been associated and has supplied over 1,50,000 vehicles to the Indian Military and Paramilitary forces, so far. The company offers products and services that not only meet the needs of the domestic market, but are also positioned to meet requirements across the world.
Tata Motors exports its range of specialized defence vehicles to the SAARC, ASEAN and African regions. With Tata Motors’ rich portfolio in multi-axle range like 12×12, 8×8 & 6×6, the company has started supplying to leading Missile OEMs across the world. The company has also established itself as a supplier of specialist vehicles for UN peacekeeping missions. Vehicles are also being procured by the agencies involved in AID & Development, across the world like GSA, KBR, Oxfam, RONCO, RA International & Riders.
The company also has the ability to mobilize adequate manufacturing capacity for Defence requirements. Tata also has dedicated plans for exclusive infrastructure, manufacturing facilities and trained man power already on offer to make sure faster delivery of its deface and peace-keeping vehicles