IDEAS 2016: HIT and Ukrspecexport sign MoU for upgrading Al-Khalid 1 MBT engine

 
 
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IDEAS 2016: HIT and Ukrspecexport sign MoU for upgrading Al-Khalid 1 MBT engine
Pakistan's major military vehicles manufacturer Heavy Industries Taxila and Ukrspecexport, the Ukrainian state company for export and import of military products, signed today a Memorandum of Understanding for the modernization of Pakistan Army's Al-Khalid 1 main battle tanks. The country's Federal Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain and his Ukrainian counterpart signed the agreement.
     
IDEAS 2016 HIT and Ukrspecexport sign MoU for upgrading Al Khalid MBT engine 640 001Pakistan's Federal Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain and his Ukrainian counterpart signing the agreement
     
The ceremony was also attended by Ukraine's defense ministry Stepan Poltorak.

Under the agreement, Ukraine will provide technical support and engines for 200 Al-Khalid 1 main battle tanks.

The Al-Khalid Main Battle Tank (MBT) forms the backbone of Pakistan Army’s Armoured Corps. The Al-Khalid is a further development of the Chinese Type 90-II tank. The tank is locally produced at the HIT complex, and an estimated 600 vehicles are in service with the Pakistani Army. The production model Al-Khalid is powered by a 6TD-2 liquid-cooled diesel engine, designed by the Kharkiv Morozov Design Bureau (KMDB) of Ukraine.

The layout of the Al-Khalid 1 is conventional, with the driver's compartment at the front, turret in the centre and the power pack at the rear.

The turret and hull are of all-welded steel armour construction and an additional layer of composite armour has been added over the frontal arc, to which explosive reactive armour can be added if required. Turret thickness at the front is estimated to be 600 mm with the glacis/nose estimated to be 450 to 470 mm.

Main armament of the Al-Khalid 1 consists of a 125 mm smoothbore gun fitted with a thermal sleeve and a fume extractor. This can fire APFSDS (muzzle velocity 1,760 m/s), HEAT (muzzle velocity 850 m/s) and HE-FRAG (muzzle velocity 950 m/s). It can also fire a laser guided projectile fitted with a HEAT warhead. The gun is fed by an automatic loader enabling the crew to be reduced to three - commander, gunner and driver.

The Al-Khalid 1 is equipped with a laser range-finder and a computerised fire-control system.

The computerised fire-control system includes a bi-axis stabilised dual magnification gunners sight, bi-axis stabilised commanders sight with hunter killer capability, computer, commander's control panel, laser range-finder, crosswind sensor, tilt sensor and angle velocity sensor. This allows the Al-Khalid 1 to engage moving targets under day and night conditions.

     
IDEAS 2016 HIT and Ukrspecexport sign MoU for upgrading Al Khalid MBT engine 640 002The Al-Khalid 1 main battle tank showcased at IDEAS 2016
 

 

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