Indian defense ministry has made some mandatory procurement in the supplies in the form of ammunition, safety gears, and other equipment. And to ease the transportation in the terrain areas for patrolling and migration purpose, the ministry has planned to onboard about 3,192 units of SUV– Safari Storme.
Tata Motors Safari Storme was chosen after some complex testing of the vehicle across various rash roads and hilly areas. The testing was done for constant 15 days, the company said. The SUV proved its performance capabilities at both the condition; off-road and normal roads.
The technical specifications requested by the Defence Ministry include 800kg of minimum payload, tough roof, and air-conditioning system. Safari Storme 4×4 fulfilled all the guidelines of GS800 category.
Talking about the new contract, Vernon Noronha, vice president– defense and government business, Tata Motors Limited stated that we are extremely proud to sack the deal which is the evidence of its corporation with the armed forces. Safari Storme for the military will be equipped with customized suspension and updated drive train. Deliveries to the Army and Navy will start in a staged manner.
The Safari Storme for the masses was presented in 2012 and has a 2.2-liter 156PS engine that creates 400Nm. The 4×4 version likewise has an electronic shift on fly four-wheel-drive framework, empowering the driver to switch in between 4×2 and 4×4 in the moving condition.
Company’s’ entrance into the defense space has been advancing according to the plan. Its High Mobility Vehicle 6×6 has supplanted the Tatra trucks. The auto giant also supplies vehicles in the light and medium segments. The company has been a prominent supplier for tactical, armored, logistics, and specialty vehicles for the armed forces. Tata Motors has been providing specially equipped vehicles to the armed forces since 1958 and it has delivered more than 1, 50,000 such vehicles till date.
Excluding IAF, Tata Motors also serves SAARC, ASEAN with specially designed defense vehicles. It is also a pioneer supplier of 12X12, 8X8, 6X6 vehicles to missile manufacturer companies across the globe. Moreover, it also supplies its array of vehicles to UN for Peace keep mission.