Pakistani Al-Khalid-1 main battle tank from Heavy Industries Taxila ready to be exported 0212141

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IDEAS 2014
8th International Defence Exhibition & Seminar

1 to 4 December 2014
Karachi , Pakistan

 
Al-Khalid main battle tank at IDEAS 2014
 
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 05:19 PM
 
Pakistani Al-Khalid-1 main battle tank from Heavy Industries Taxila ready to be exported.
The Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) facility is the largest facility of its type in Pakistan and is known mainly for its extensive experience in the overhaul and upgrade of tracked armoured fighting vehicles for the Pakistani Army. At IDEAS 2014, HIT presents its latest innovation of main battle tank with the Al-Khalid-1 which is now ready to be exported.
     
The Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) facility is the largest facility of its type in Pakistan and is known mainly for its extensive experience in the overhaul and upgrade of tracked armoured fighting vehicles for the Pakistani Army. At IDEAS 2014, HIT presents its latest innovation of main battle tank with the Al-Khalid-1 which is now ready to be exported.
Al-Khalid 1 main battle tank at IDEAS 2014, International Defense Exhibition in Karachi, Pakistan.

     

According representatives of HIT, some Asian countries showed interest to purchase the Pakistani Al-Khalid 1 main battle tank.

The Al-Khalid was developed and manufactured in collaboration with the Chinese defense industry. Most of the main components of the Al-Khalid 1 are based on the Chinese main battle tank Type-90II.

Heavy Industries Taxila started production of Al-Khalid 1 in November 2000. Currently, a total of 355 Al-Khalid tanks are in service with the Pakistani army.

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.

     
The Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) facility is the largest facility of its type in Pakistan and is known mainly for its extensive experience in the overhaul and upgrade of tracked armoured fighting vehicles for the Pakistani Army. At IDEAS 2014, HIT presents its latest innovation of main battle tank with the Al-Khalid-1 which is now ready to be exported.
     
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.
     
 

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