Pakistan Army Armoured Corps

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Pakistan Army Armoured Corps
Active1947-Present
Country Pakistan
Size46 regiments incl. President's Bodyguard [1]
Regimental CentreNowshera
ColorsRed and Yellow
EngagementsIndo-Pakistani War of 1947
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Operation Desert Storm
UN Peacekeeping Missions
Commanders
Colonel-in-ChiefGeneral Ahsan Saleem Hayat
Colonel CommandantLieutenant General Sadiq Ali
Notable
commanders
Gen Zia-ul-Haq
Gen Jehangir Karamat
Lt Gen Gul Hassan Khan Gen Ahsan Saleem Hayat

Pakistan Army Armoured Corps (Urdu: ﺁرمى ﺁرمرڈ كور) is a combatant branch of Pakistan Army, tasked with armoured warfare. Equipped with more than 3,000 Main Battle Tanks, the corps is based at the old garrison town of Nowshera and is organized into two armoured divisions and a number of independent armoured brigades. The Pakistan Armoured Corps has a proud history going back to 1773, when its oldest unit was raised in British India. The corps maintains a number of legendary units on its order of battle, who earned fame in numerous wars and engagements of British Indian Army including the two World Wars. At the time of the independence, Pakistan inherited six armoured regiments from the old British Indian Army.[2]

Since then, the corps has expanded into more than forty regiments. Many of these new regiments have also earned accolades for their performance in the wars fought with India. Prominent among them is 25 Cavalry (Men Of Steel), who beat back the invading Indian Armoured Division at Phillaurah during the Battle of Chawinda in 1965.[3]

Regiments in the Corps[edit]

Al-Zarrar Main Battle Tank of the Pakistan Army