General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff visited Heavy Industries Taxila, today. Chief of Army Staff was chief guest at the handing over ceremony of Tank Al Khalid-I to Armoured Corps Regiment.
Tank Al Khalid-I is a joint venture with friendly countries China and Ukraine, reports DND News agency. During the ceremony Tank Al Khalid-I displayed some of its outstanding capabilities including mobility, speed, Bi-axis gun stabilization of the control system and use of smoke screen to mask movement.
Al Khalid-I will be handed over to formations, which have critical and decisive role during war. Major General Syed Aamer Raza, Chairman Heavy Industries Taxila highlighted the ongoing projects, achievements of Heavy Industries Taxila and its contribution in defence industry by pursuing self-reliance.
Chief of Army Staff expressed his confidence, satisfaction and appreciation for Heavy Industries Taxila’s state of the art products and capabilities. Chief of Army Staff lauded the efforts of Heavy Industries Taxila towards attainment of self-reliance and manufacturing of world class indigenous defense products, direly needed in evolving security environment.
Reiterating the need for bolstering defence and operational preparedness, Chief of Army Staff said that our defence preparation and operational readiness is to ensure peace within and peace without. However, if provoked we shall respond and respond with all our might.