Al-Qaswa logistics vehicle
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|Type||Armoured personnel carrier (logistics vehicle)|
|Place of origin||Pakistan|
|Manufacturer||Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT)|
|Weight||14.5 ton (32,694 lb)
Payload: 6 ton (13,485 lb)
|Crew||2 (including driver)|
|Engine||Detroit Diesel 6V53T
265 HP @ 2800 r.p.m.
Designed for logistics roles, the vehicle can carry 6 tonnes of military supplies in its cargo compartment across all types of cross-country terrain (see Geography of Pakistan). The vehicle platform can also be adapted for use in other roles such as missile launcher, radar station, ambulance, maintenance vehicle, etc.
The Al Qaswa logistic vehicle was developed by Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) who have considerable experience in the design, development and production of armoured fighting vehicles.The first prototype of the Alb Qaswa was completed in 2002 but as far as it is known the vehicle has yet to enter quantity production.This is the latest in an increasing number of variants of the BAE Systems, US Combat Systems M113 which have been developed in Pakistan to meet local operational requirements. HIT has also developed the Talha APC of which 44 have already been supplied to Iraq.Some of these vehicles have five dual rubber tyred road wheels either side while other versions, such as the Al Qaswa logistic vehicle has six road wheels either side which gives the vehicle greater volume and payload.
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