The Indian army will soon replace the Maruti Gypsy with the Tata Safari Storme. Indian Armed Forces has awarded a contract of supplying 3,192 Tata Safari Storme 4X4 under a new category of General Service 800 vehicles to the Indian car maker, Tata Motors.
The Ministry of Defence had been testing two vehicles – the Tata Safari Storme and the Mahindra Scorpio for use by the forces. The three primary parameters for the vehicles as per the Request For Proposal (RFP) raised by the ministry were payload capacity of 800 kg, hard roof and air conditioning.
Tata Safari Storme has emerged as a clear winner in these tests. In fact, Tata’s Safari Storme outperformed Mahindra’s Scorpio on drives in high-altitude, snow-bound regions, deserts and marshy lands.
Reportedly, more than 35,000 Gypsies are due for replacement in a few years to come. This contract makes Tata Motors the leading supplier of vehicles to the Indian Army.
Prior to this, Tata has also replaced Tatra in the Indian defense segment with its Tata High Mobility Vehicle 6X6. Commenting on the achievement, Vernon Noronha, Vice President, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors says,
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. We will shortly commence delivery of these vehicles for the Army and Navy in a phased manner.