Tata Motors today rolled out the 1,500th GS800 (General Service 800) Safari Storme 4x4 for the Indian Armed Forces. The vehicle was rolled out with a ceremonial flag off by Dr Subhash Bhamre, MoS, Defence, government of India along with Vernon Noronha, vice-president, Defence & Government Business, Tata Motors, at its Pune facility.
In December 2016, Tata Motors had bagged the Rs 460 crore order to supply 3,192 units of Safari Storme, along with the Xenon, to the Indian armed forces and has till now delivered over 1,300 vehicles.
The Safari Storme GS800, an indigenously designed diesel SUV with robust features, has undergone rigorous trials over 15 months in varied terrains across the country, demonstrating its supreme performance, with a capability of coping with on-road or off-road terrains.
According to Tata Motors, the SUV which offers 60 percent higher payload, over 70 percent higher power and over 200 percent higher torque has been customised to endure severely rugged operational conditions ranging from high-altitude drives, traversing snow-bound regions, crossing deserts to the marshy lands.
Commenting on the rollout of the 1500th Tata GS800 Safari Storme, Vernon Noronha said, “We, at Tata Motors, take immense pride to roll out the 1,500th GS800 Safari Storme of the 3,192-unit order for the Indian Army. This modern SUV is specially customised to meet the requirements of the Indian Armed Forces. The continued faith bestowed by the country’s security forces in Tata Motors is a reflection of our pedigree and aspiration to serve the nation's challenging requirements on the front lines.”
The Tata GS800 Safari Storme is a fully loaded vehicle packed with special features such as ABS, recovery hooks, jerry can and fog lamps to suit army requirement during missions. Being a low maintenance vehicle, it comes with bucket seats, mobile charging point, air-conditioning (AC), heating, demisting, power windows and ample space inside the cabin to accommodate six crew members comfortably.
From 1958 till now, Tata Motors has supplied over 150,000 vehicles to the Indian Military and Paramilitary forces.