DSEI 2017

Versatile vehicles from Pakistan [DSEI17D2]

13 September 2017

Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) (Stand N9-458) is the main centre of excellence for the design, development and production of tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) in Pakistan and is now offering these for the export market.

Its latest product is the Al-Khalid main battle tank (MBT), which has a crew of three. It is armed with a stabilised 125mm smoothbore gun fed by an automatic loader that first loads the 125mm projectile and then the charge system.

The gun is coupled to a computerised fire control system (FCS), with the latest version having a hunter/ killer capability in which the target is first detected by the commander and, if hostile, is then handed over to the gunner, who carries out the engagement.

HIT has upgraded large numbers of Chinese-developed Type 59 MBTs to the latest Al-Zarrar standard, which includes replacement of the original 100mm gun by a 125mm smoothbore gun, coupled to new computerised FCS, plus additional armour protection and mobility enhancements.

HIT also overhauls and upgrades the still widely deployed M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC) and variants. Further development of the M113 has resulted in the HIT Saad, which has a modified rear troop compartment with firing ports to allow the dismounts to fire their weapons from within the vehicle. HIT has also started production of the Dragoon (4x4) APC, which can be fitted with a variety of weapons to meet users’ operational requirements.

At the lower end of the scale, the Pakistani company has moved into the internal security (IS) vehicle market, and has developed and placed in production the Protector IS vehicle with B6 level ballistic protection and the Mohafiz IS vehicle with B6/B7 level ballistic protection.

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