New Delhi: Tata Motors on Thursday has got a contract of supplying 3,192 units of its Safari Storme 4×4 model to the Indian Army.
Army has given preference to Tata Safari over the Mahindra Scorpio. Ministry of Defence was looking for the off-road vehicles.
It had issued a proposal with requirements given below:
- Minimum payload capacity of 800 kg
- Hard roof
Apart from bagging the order, Tata Motors also finished its trial within 15 months over extreme terrains.
The company will replace Maruti Gypsies which were in service with the Indian Army since 1991.
What Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence and Government Business, Tata Motors Limited said over bagging the contract:
- We are very proud to have received this prestigious order for over 3000 units of the Safari Storme under the newly formed GS800 category.
- Tata Motors has been a leading supplier of mobility solutions to the Indian Armed Forces and this order is a testimony to our partnership with the country’s security forces.
- This variant of the Storme has been modified from the one available for civilians with an upgraded drivetrain and significantly modified suspension.
- The Safari Storme was conceived and designed keeping in mind the need for a rugged, comfortable and reliable vehicle, making it popular with law enforcement agencies. We will shortly commence delivery of these vehicles for the Army and Navy in a phased manner.