ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Army has inducted Al Khalid-I tank, an upgraded version of Al Khalid, in Armoured Corps Regiment.
The handing over ceremony of the tank was held at Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT). Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa was the chief guest on this occasion.
Tank Al Khalid-I is a joint venture with friendly countries China and Ukraine. During the ceremony Tank Al Khalid-I displayed some of its outstanding capabilities including mobility, speed, Bi-axis gun stabilization of the control system and use of smoke screen to mask movement.
Al Khalid-I will be handed over to formations, which have critical and decisive role during war. Major General Syed Aamer Raza, Chairman HIT highlighted the ongoing projects, achievements of HIT and its contribution in defence industry by pursuing self-reliance.
Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed his confidence, satisfaction and appreciation for HIT’s state of the art products and capabilities. He lauded the efforts of HIT towards attainment of self-reliance and manufacturing of world class indigenous defense products, direly needed in evolving security environment.
Reiterating the need for bolstering defence and operational preparedness, the COAS said that our defence preparation and operational readiness was to ensure peace within and peace without. “However, if provoked we shall respond and respond with all our might,” he said.