As a part of modernizing its current fleet, the Indian army has inked a deal with Tata motors for the supply of close to 3200 vehicles. The Tata Safari Storme will replace the legendary and versatile Maruti Suzuki Gypsy. The Indian Army also considered Mahindra’s Scorpio, but finally decided to go with the Tata SUV. The initial order is for 3198 Safaris but the total may further go up depending on the demand and replacement of the present Maruti Gypsys.
The entry for the Safari Storme was never easy, the car was rigorously tested by the army in varied grueling conditions before giving it the green flag. Also, Tata could offer a better financial deal over Mahindra to seal the deal in the favor of the Safari Storme.
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Maruti Gypsy was enrolled into the Army fleet way back in 1991. High ground clearance, ruggedness, reliability, strong and simple mechanicals and go-anywhere capability made Gypsy the obvious choice for transporting troops, artilleries and supplies to even the remotest part of the country. Army has been looking for a capable, modern and safer vehicle to replace the 30,000 plus Gypsys currently doing duties across various regiments spread all across the country. This is the second major deal for Tata Motors with the Army; the earlier one in 2016 was a 1300 crore deal for the supply of high-mobility military trucks.
Tata Safari Storme is powered by a 2.2-Litre VariCOR engine which churns out 154 hp power and 400 Nm torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Also, the Safari Storme comes with both 4X2 and 4X4 options to conquer various terrains and conditions thrown at it. Very shortly we will see the green Army Safaris on the Indian roads.