Tata Safari Storme to Replace Maruti Gypsy as Army Vehicle.
TATA Safari Storme is all set to take over duties on Maruti Gypsy in Indian Army. Indian Army to replace its Maruti Gypsy fleet with brand new TATA Safari Storme – Military Version fleet. Tata Motors also beat rival Mahindra and Mahindra for the winning bid, with the latter offering the Scorpio SUV to the Indian army.
According to a report in ET Auto, Indian Army placed an initial order of 3198 vehicles with the Tata Motors, which could gradually increase to 10 times in the following years.
Indian Army has more than 30,000 Gypsys in use, which will be gradually phased out as the deliveries start. The main reason for this replacement is the diesel-powered engine of the Tata Safari Storme. While Maruti Suzuki Gypsy runs on Petrol engine, which makes it difficulty in fueling in remote areas. where as Diesel is readily available where there are no fuel stations, Gypsy is known of its potent dynamics and ability to handle rough terrains which makes it Army’s most loved vehicle.
The Maruti Gypsy served the Indian army for 25 years since 1991. Maruti Gypy’s Raw power and go-anywhere capability makes it a perfect vehicle for War like conditions. Its 1298 cc, 4-cylinder engine produces 80 bhp which is more than its nearest competitor, Mahindra Thar.
The army version of the Safari Storme will be manufactured at Tata Motor’s Pune plant and will feature army-spec structural reinforcements in order to withstand challenging environments and terrains such as marshy grasslands, deserts, snowy terrains, and rocky mountainous climbs and descents. The defence division of the home-grown auto major may even export the army-spec Safari Storme to other countries.
All the civilian versions of the Tata Safari Storme is powered by a four-pot, 2.2-litre, turbocharged diesel engine which is available in two states of tune, depending on the variant chosen. Both the 4×2 and 4×4 VX 400 NM variants get power figures of 156PS and 400Nm and a six-speed manual transmission. The rest of the variants of the seven-seater SUV are slightly less powerful, at 150PS and 320Nm, and get a five-speed manual gearbox instead.