BEHEMOTH OF A MACHINE
Commercial Vehicle|September 2021
sarbloh Motors in partnership with sherp international has succeeded in creating a pull for the sherp N 1200, in india. Sumesh Soman drove the utility a TV in a thrilling ride where he conquered the perceived obstacles with monstrous ease.
Sumesh Soman

Sherp International has made its presence felt in India with a range of experiential drives beginning in the second half of 2021. Proudly bearing the badge of an international quality standards certificate ISO 9001, the Russian pedigree of the Sherp N 1200 (Sherp) is evident from the moment you come in the point-blank range of this behemoth of a machine. It humbles you with its sheer presence. It is tailor-made for niche applications like in the Border Security Force (BSF), for the Indian army besides in disaster management and rescue operations. It also makes a use case for private enterprises as a special application vehicle. Designed and built by Quadro International, in Ukraine, two units of the Sherp N 1200 are known to be on pilot runs with the armed forces in terrains like Bhuj, in Gujarat, for instance.

Motivated to provide a solution for tough terrains like Pangong Tso or Pangong Lake, a landlocked terrain spanning across eastern Ladakh and West Tibet situated at an elevation of 4,225 m, it was Jaskirat Singh Nagra, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Chandigarh-based Sarbloh Motors who stumbled upon the Sherp. Today he represents Sherp International in India and deems it an apt time to induct the vehicle especially given the increased presence of the Indian armed forces in unforgiving terrains. His army background is known to have been the biggest motivator for him zeroing in on the Sherp. “I started looking for a vehicle designed and engineered to tackle extreme environments and terrains like the Pangong Tso and in that process, I came upon Sherp which according to me is a perfect match,” he opined. Nagra set the expectations straight up when he put a price tag on the machine. The Sherp N 1200 commands a whopping Rs.1.3 crore inclusive of the customs duty and miscellaneous costs like homologation.

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