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

Heavy Industries Taxila
HIT
Native name
Urdu: ہیوی انڈسٹریز ٹیکسلا
State owned enterprises
IndustryDefence
Founded1971; 48 years ago (1971)
Headquarters,
Area served
Pakistan
Key people
ProductsAmmunitions
Artillerys
Combat vehicles
tanks
ServicesR&D
Websitehit.gov.pk

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]

ProductionEdit

FormerEdit

CurrentEdit

Main battle tanks (MBT)Edit

Armoured personnel carriers (APC)Edit

  • Viper – 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]
  • TalhaAPC based on M113 chassis with 5 road wheels, accommodates 11 fully equipped troops. 250 delivered to the Pakistan Army by 2006.[6]
  • 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]
  • 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.[6]
  • 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.[6]
    • 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.[6]
  • Auxiliary armoured vehicles:

Armoured carsEdit

Under developmentEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 g ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Highlights from IDEAS 2002". Acig.org. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  8. ^ Ansari, Usman (19 March 2013). "Pakistan To Unveil MRAP Vehicle". Defense News. Retrieved 16 August 2013.

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