Indian army forces had a deal with Tata Motors to supply custom built Safari Storme SUVs specially designed according to the demand of Indian army including stock green matte colour.
To the detail, the Tata Motors has now manufactured 1500 units so far of the so-called GS800 (General Service) Safari Storme 4x4. The SUV holds 60 per cent more payload capacity going up to minimum 800 KG, and that is what the '800' represents in the name.
The Tata Motors also claims that the Army designed Safari Storme SUVs delivers 200 per cent higher torque and 70 per cent higher power than the regular Tata safari storme.
The normal Tata Safari Storme 4x4 is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine which churns out 156PS of maximum power and 400Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Apart from the higher engine capacity the Army-spec Safari Storme's also offers modern features such as air conditioning, ABS, mobile charging point and power windows.
Earlier the Maruti Suzuki offered Gypsy to the Indian Army but this time the Tata Safari will be serving the IAF. However the fourth generation Jimny is still far away to get launched in India.
The Indian Army is taking services of Tata Motors for the defence vehicles since 1958 and so far 1.5 lakh vehicles have been supplied to the IAF till now by the Tata Motors.