The Indian Army will soon be supplied with the first lot of a total of 3,192 units of Tata Safari Storme 4×4 SUVs. A truckload of Army Green colored Tata Safari Storms were spotted while they were on their way to making these deliveries.
Tata Safari Storme 4x4s will serve as staff cars for personnel of the Indian Army while they will also be used as secondary patrolling vehicles. They will be fitted with add on amours so as to suit them for use by the Army and able to withstand explosives and bullets.
Changes to the Safari Storme, as per army requirements, will include a higher ground clearance of 200mm, ladder on frame chassis and 4×4 transfer offering high and low ratios and shift on fly system.
It will also receive a pintle hook at the rear for towing vehicles and special lamps in the front for night driving through challenging terrain. The entire exterior of Safari Storme will be finished in Olive Green with no chrome accents at all setting it apart from all other civilian vehicles which will not be registered if painted in the same olive green.
It will also be seen with hard roof, run flat tyres and air-conditioning along with minimum payload capacity of 800 kgs. These new 4x4s will take the place of the ageing fleet of Maruti Gypsy, Mahindra MM550 DXB and Hindustan Ambassador.
Tata Safari Storme is powered by a 2.2 liter, 4 cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine offering 154 bhp power at 4,000 rpm and 400 Nm torque at 1,700-2,700rpm mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. This engine has been tuned for the Indian Army through power and torque figures have not yet been revealed.