Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), on July 28, 2020. COAS was the chief guest at the handing over ceremony of the tank Al Khalid-I to Armoured Corps Regiment.
Tank Al Khalid-I is a joint venture with friendly countries China and Ukraine. During the ceremony Al Khalid-I displayed some of its outstanding capabilities including mobility, speed, bi-axis gun stabilization of the control system and use of smokescreen to mask movement.
Al Khalid-I will be handed over to formations that have a critical and decisive role during war. Chairman HIT Major General Syed Aamer Raza highlighted the ongoing projects, achievements of HIT and its contribution in defence industry by pursuing self-reliance.
COAS 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 defence products, direly needed in the evolving security environment.
Reiterating the need for bolstering defence and operational preparedness, COAS emphasized that our defence preparation and operational readiness is to ensure peace within and peace without. However, if provoked we shall respond and respond with all our might.
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