Rawalpindi, 28 July 2020: Pakistan operationalised Al-Khalid-1 Tank on Tuesday as General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) visited Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) to see  the handing over ceremony of the tank to Armoured Corps Regiment.

Tank Al Khalid-I is a joint venture with friendly countries China and Ukraine.
A press release issued by ISPR said during the ceremony at Heavy Industries Taxila, 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 HIT highlighted the ongoing projects, achievements of HIT and its contribution in defence industry by pursuing self-reliance.
COAS expressed his confidence, satisfaction and appreciation for HIT’s state of the art products and capabilities.
COAS lauded the efforts of HIT 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, COAS 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.