Heavy Industries Taxila

Heavy Industries Taxila (Reporting name: HIT), (Urdu: ہیوی انڈسٹریز ٹیکسلا‎) is a Pakistani state-owned defence, military contractor, engineering conglomerate, and military corporation located in Taxila, Punjab, Pakistan.[1][2]

Heavy Industries Taxila
Native name
HIT
TypeState owned enterprises
IndustryDefence
Founded1971; 51 years ago (1971)
Headquarters
Taxila
,
Pakistan
Key people
ProductsAmmunition
Artillery
Combat vehicle
tank
ServicesR&D
ParentMinistry of Defense Production (MoDP)
Websitehit.gov.pk

HIT promotes, markets, engineers, develops, and undertakes heavy engineering works for Pakistan's military and for the civilian law enforcement agencies. It has extensive experience in the overhaul and upgrade of tracked armored fighting vehicles for the Pakistan Armed Forces.[1][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. In 2004, HIT had a work force of about 6000 engineers and highly skilled persons.[1]

ProductionEdit

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 APC Saad/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.
  • Al-HamzaIFV based on APC Saad, fitted with 25 mm automatic cannon, an export product not in service with the Pakistan Army.[5]

Armoured personnel carriers (APC)Edit

Reconnaissance vehiclesEdit

Engineering & support vehiclesEdit

Armoured utility vehiclesEdit

WeaponsEdit

  • 125mm Smooth bore tank gun – for Al-Khalid & Al-Zarrar tanks.[8]
  • 155mm Self propelled (SP) gun – for M109A2 (overhauled) self-propelled howitzer.

Former productsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) GlobalSecurity.org website, Retrieved 28 September 2021
  2. ^ Samuel Cranny-Evans (31 July 2020). "Pakistan Army inducts first batch of Al-Khalid-I MBTs (main battle tanks)". Janes.com website. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  3. ^ Jon Grevatt (3 September 2019). "Pakistan to corporatise Heavy Industries Taxila". Janes.com (defence weekly magazine - UK). Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  4. ^ Associate Press of Pakistan. "Defence Production Minister visits Heavy Industries Taxila". Associate Press of Pakistan website. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f ARG. "Talha Armored Personnel Carrier". Military-Today.com website. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Pakistan Army". Pakistan Defence website. 8 August 2008. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b c "HIT-Products".
  8. ^ "Heavy Industries Taxila (125 mm Tank Gun Barrel)". Depo.org website. 27 September 2007. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2021.

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