Pakistan

COAS witnesses production of defence, safety equipment at HIT

RAWALPINDI: Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Thursday visited Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), where he witnessed the production and demonstration of tank Al-Khalid–1 besides other defence equipment, the ISPR said in a statement.

“General Raheel Sharif was briefed on the products manufactured for defence and commercial purposes besides details of various facilities,” read the statement. “The briefing covered Tank Al-Khalid – 1, manufacturing and rebuild of Armor Personnel Carrier (APC), Security Vehicles Dragoon, Protector and Mohafiz. COAS also witnessed the production and demonstration of Tank Al-Khalid–1.”

While speaking on the occasion, General Raheel Sharif greatly appreciated the efforts of HIT in manufacturing international standard defence and safety equipment and support to field formations including operation Zarb-e-Azb.

The COAS encouraged efforts of indigenization and commercialization of HIT products. He also appreciated the use of indigenous security vehicle “Mohafiz” and “Protector”.

The army chief emphasized the need to maintain highest standards of quality while also ensuring saving of national exchequer through self reliance.

On this occasion, Secretary Ministry of Defence Production was also present.

Earlier on arrival at HIT, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Syed Wajid Hussain, Chairman Heavy Industries Taxila.

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