Lt. Gen Muhammad Naeem Ashraf has been appointed as the new Chairman of Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), Pakistan’s state-owned armour vendor and supplier of tanks, armoured personnel carriers (APC), and light armoured vehicles to the Pakistan Army.
As per Radio Pakistan, the new Chairman of HIT was called upon by the Minister of Defence Production (MoDP), Mr. Rana Tanveer Hussain, on Monday 02 January.
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HIT will be entering a significant phase of work for the Pakistan Army. The previous Chairman of HIT, Lt. Gen Syed Wajid Hussain, and the MoDP set the stage for armour collaboration with Ukraine. This was finalized through a USD $600 million memorandum-of-understanding (MoU) signed during the 2016 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) in November, Pakistan’s biennially-held defence exhibition and tradeshow. With the Pakistan Army in talks with the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence over the prospect of additional areas of cooperation, the scope could grow further.
Besides this, other programs are also on the docket. During IDEAS, HIT also revealed an upgraded version of the Dragoon 4×4 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle (AFV). It is currently positioned to meet Pakistan’s internal security – specifically airport security – needs. Other programs, such as the al-Khalid 2, Haider, and 8×8 wheeled AFV, should also be gaining momentum moving forward.
The government should provide at least Dragoon 4×4 to the new upcoming wings of Frontier Corps if not a MRAP.
I agree Sami, Dragoon is more suitable for FC. Possibly Kipri but we need to arm the regular forces first. What do you think of upgrading 1-2 squadron of K-8 for COIN. Americans will have no problem selling us sensors for that and we can acquire tech. Also cheaper to use than F16/JF17. We will have need for COIN for 5 years I think, especially with the Afghans and Indians stirring FATA and Baluchistan
Time to develop a heavy armour engine and gearbox indigenously with help from Ukraine and France. Tank sensors/BMS with involvement of private sector