Tata Motors recently started the deliveries of the Safari Storme to the Indian Army. The company will be delivering the vehicle in a phased manner. A total of 3,192 Safari Storme will be delivered to the Indian Army. The model will be replacing the Maruti Suzuki Gypsy which has been an integral part of the Army’s choice of vehicle for ground movement for decades.
The Safari Storme met all the conditions that were put forth by the Army. The Indian armed forces were looking for a vehicle which had a payload capacity of 800 kg, had a hard-top roof and an air-conditioner as well. Apart from Tata, two other manufacturers, Nissan and Mahindra too will provide SUVs to the armed forces.
The key difference between the civilian version of the Safari Storme and the armed forces variant is the colour of course. The Army-spec model gets a matte green paintjob which cancels outs reflections. All the chrome bits from the regular model are blacked out or painted green. The headlamps project a horizontal beam of light in order to avoid detection of the SUVs by the enemy forces at night. The rear gets a hook for towing trailers and a couple of canister mounts on the fenders for keeping extra fuel and the bonnet now features an antenna for radios.
Apart from these changes, the SUV gets underbody protection with uprated suspension as well. The Safari Storme continues to get the same 2.2-litre turbocharged diesel engine which makes around 154 bhp of max power and 400 Nm of peak torque. 4×4 is a standard fitment along with low and high ratios and a six-speed manual gearbox. CarandBike