The Tata Safari Storme and Mahindra Scorpio have cleared rigorous trials to participate in Indian Army tenders. The army is expected to
shortly invite bids to supply vehicles under a contract that could be worth as much as Rs 500 crore to Rs 750 crore.
The army had called for a new category of vehicles called GS800 —General Service 800. About 15 companies including Ford, Hon- da and Toyota participated in the initial discussions two-three years ago, but only the homegrown players, Tata and Mahindra & Mahindra, took part in the following round. The Army is looking for vehicles with hard top and 800 kg payload with an
air-conditioning option. The Gypsy and Commander had in the past qualified under GS500 category, which had a maximum payload of 500 kg
The vehicles developed by Tata Motors and Mahindra for the Army are built on their existing platforms. But, they are designed to meet the requirement of the Army with black out lights and convoy lamps, with provisions for water and ammunition. The vehicles have hooks in the rear for towing military equipment too.
After completing the technical evaluation, the vehicles were put
through field trials in different weather conditions and terrains. Tests
included technical and main . Safari Storme, Scorpio pass army test, vie for big deal - The Economic Times