Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) on Tuesday and oversaw the induction of Al Khalid-I tanks into o Armoured Corps Regiment of the Pakistan Army.
According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), COAS General Qamar Javen Bajwa – as the chief guest, attended the induction ceremony of indigenously developed and manufactured Al Khalid-I tanks into the Pakistan Army.
As per the military sources, Al Khalid-I is a joint venture with friendly countries China and Ukraine and will prove to be the backbone of Pakistan Army’s armoured corps.
During his visit to HIT, COAS General Bajwa was briefed on various ongoing and future programmes and initiatives by Chairman HIT – Major General Aamer Raza.
Al Khalid-I Main Battle Tank (MBT)
Al Khalid-I is an upgraded variant of Al-Khalid MBT and has an increased ammunition capacity with 46 125 mm rounds, 1,500 127 mm rounds and 7,100 7.62 mm rounds.
Moreover, the tank has an improved fire-control system and can identify targets at ranges of up to 7 kilometres with effective engagement range of 3.5 kilometres.
The tank weighs 47 tonnes and is powered by a 1,200 horsepower engine of Ukrainian origin and has a top speed of up to 72 km/h.
Additionally, Al Khalid-I comes with ‘Vatra’ electro-optical jammer for protection against laser guided enemy weapons. The tank has also an improved air conditioning system along with ‘Sagem’ third-generation imaging systems resulting in improved target identification and tracking capability to the tank.