Tata GS800 Safari Storme 1500th unit has been rolled out for the Indian army. This proud moment was overseen by Subhash Bhamre, MoS, Defence, Government of India along with Vernon Noronha, vice president, defence & government business, Tata Motors. The Tata GS800 Safari Storme is part of the 3192 units contract that the company received from the armed forces. Tata Motors so far has been able to supply 1300+ vehicles.
The Tata GS800 Safari Storme as is obvious is based on the popular SUV from Tata Motors. The GS in the moniker stands for General Service whereas the 800 stands for the maximum payload in kg that the vehicle can take. Tata Motors says that they have rigorously tested the vehicle for more than 15 months before supplying it to the army. Compared to the outgoing Maruti Gypsy, this one makes over 70 per cent power, 200 per cent additional torque as well as a higher payload capacity. These vehicles will be used to transport the troops and essential supplies. They will also be used for patrolling as well as war movement.
Tata Motors claims that the vehicles are sturdier than the regular Safari Storme. They also bring in lower maintenance costs, diesel frugality and many creature comforts. The latter parts include airconditioning, demister, bucket seats, power windows, recovery hooks, jerry can and fog lights. The vehicle also has mobile charging points as well as seating for six. Tata Motors has also added ABS as part of the safety mix.
While there was no mention of the engine , we expect the Tata GS800 Safari Storme to run the familiar 140PS/400Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel. A 5-speed manual transmission will be standard. Needless to say, 4×4 capability too has been dialled in.
The company claims that it has so far provided the army with more than 1.5 lakh vehicles since 1958. Not only are these vehicles specified to the highest standards in the country but are also claimed to meet most requirements around the world too.