Heavy Industries Taxila

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Heavy Industries Taxila
Native name
Urdu: ہیوی انڈسٹریز ٹیکسلا
State owned enterprises
Founded1971; 48 years ago (1971)
Area served
Key people
Combat vehicles

Heavy Industries Taxila (Reporting name: HIT), is a major defence, military contractor, engineering conglomerate, and military corporation located in Taxila, Punjab, Pakistan.[1]

HIT is noted as being one of the largest defence contractors[2]. HIT promotes, markets, engineers, develops, and undertakes heavy engineering works for Pakistan's military and for the civilian law enforcement agencies.[3] 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.[4]

Besides developing the heavy works, HIT also provides military gears for Pakistan's military, building krytron and developing technology involving the solid-state lighting.[3]




Main battle tanks (MBT)[edit]

Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV)[edit]

  • Viper IFV – The prototype IFV was showcased in IDEAS 2018. The IFV is based on M113 chassis with 6 road wheels, weighs 16 tons, and has appliqué armour. Viper can accommodate 13 fully equipped troops; and has a modified Turra 30 remotely controlled weapon station (RCWS) armed with a Slovak-made Shipunov 2A42 30 mm automatic cannon, Kalashnikov PKT 7.62 mm medium machine gun (MG), two ready-to-use 9M113 Konkurs (AT-6 'Spandrel') anti-tank guided missiles and smoke dischargers.[5]
  • Al-HamzaIFV based on Saad APC, fitted with 25 mm automatic cannon, an export product not in service with the Pakistan Army.[6]

Armoured personnel carriers (APC)[edit]

  • SaadAPC 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]
  • MaazAnti-tank/Air defense missile carrier 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. It`s Mouz variant is armed with either the Anza II or RBS 70 air-defence missile systems. The missile firing unit on the roof is retracted into the cabin for reloading.[6]
  • Al-HadeedArmoured recovery vehicle (ARV) based on Saad APC.[6]
  • TalhaAPC based on M113 chassis with 5 road wheels, accommodates 11 fully equipped troops. 250 delivered to the Pakistan Army by 2006.[6]
  • Al-Qaswa – Armoured logistics vehicle (ALV) based on Talha APC, an export product not in service with the Pakistan Army.[6]

Armoured utility vehicles[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Contacting HIT. "Contacting HIT". Contacting HIT. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  2. ^ History of HIT. "History of HIT". History of HIT. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b Products of the HIT. "Products of the HIT". Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  4. ^ Associate Press of Pakistan. "Defence Production Minister visits Heavy Industries Taxila". Associate Press of Pakistan. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015.
  5. ^ ARG. "Pakistan's HIT unveils Viper IFV". Janes.com. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 22 March 2012.

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