Heavy Industries Taxila

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Heavy Industries Taxila
HIT
SOE, Mil
Industry Defence, Military
Founded 1971
Headquarters Taxila, Punjab, Pakistan
Area served
Nationwide
Key people
LGen Syed Wajid Hussain[1]
(Chaiman)
Col (R) Aqeel Ahmed, Si(M) Secretary HIT Board
Products MBTs, APCs, 125mm rounds, ARVs, LVS, TELs, firearms, and artillery
Services R&D
Website www.hit.gov.pk

The Heavy Industries Taxila (reporting name: HIT), is a major defence, military contractor, engineering conglomerate, and military corporation located in Taxila, Punjab, Pakistan.[2]

The HIT is noted as being one of the largest defense contractor and has grown into a military industrial complex since its foundation 1971.[3] The HIT promotes, markets, engineers, develops, and undertakes heavy engineering works for Pakistan's military and for the civilian law enforcement agencies.[4] Leadership in HIT is provided through the appointments made in the GHQ by the chief of army staff who approves the appointment to its chairmanship.[1]

Besides developing the heavy works, the HIT also provides military gears for Pakistan's military, building krytron and developing technology involving the solid-state lighting.[4]

Production[edit]

Former[edit]

Current[edit]

Main battle tanks (MBT)[edit]

Artillery[edit]

Armoured personnel carriers (APC)[edit]

  • Talha - APC based on M113 chassis with 5 road wheels, accommodates 11 fully equipped troops. 250 delivered to the Pakistan Army by 2006.[5]
  • Saad - APC based on the Talha design. Modified with extended hull and 6 road wheels, 14.5 mm machine gun, improved armour protection and a more powerful engine supplied by Germany's MTU. Accommodates 13 fully equipped troops.
  • Sakb - Armoured command vehicle based on Talha APC.[6]
  • Al-Hamza - Infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) based on the Saad APC, fitted with 25 mm automatic cannon, an export product not in service with the Pakistan Army.[7]
  • Armoured guided missile carriers:
    • Maaz - Based on the Talha APC, armed with the Baktar-Shikan anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher and operated by a crew of 4. There is capacity for 8 extra rounds and the missile firing unit on the roof is retracted into the cabin for reloading.[8]
    • Mouz - Based on the Talha APC, armed with either the RBS 70 or Anza I/II air-defence missile systems. The missile firing unit on the roof is retracted into the cabin for reloading.[9]

Armoured cars[edit]

Under development[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Associate Press of Pakistan. "Defence Production Minister visits Heavy Industries Taxila". Associate Press of Pakistan. 
  2. ^ Contacting HIT. "Contacting HIT". Contacting HIT. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  3. ^ History of HIT. "History of HIT". History of HIT. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Products of the HIT. "Products of the HIT". Retrieved 24 December 2014. 
  5. ^ ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  6. ^ ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  7. ^ ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  8. ^ ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  9. ^ ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  10. ^ ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  11. ^ ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  12. ^ "Highlights from IDEAS 2002". Acig.org. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  13. ^ Ansari, Usman (19 March 2013). "Pakistan To Unveil MRAP Vehicle". Defense News. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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