Industries Taxila (HIT) for Al-Khalid and Al-Zarar tanks. A tank gun is
the main armament of a tank.
HIT used to earlier procure 125 millimetre ‘blanks’ from France for the
army’s two main battle tanks. Blanks are the final shape of the gun
barrel before it is finished. It was then fitted into the tank at HIT.
While Al-Khalid – a joint venture between Pakistan and China – has been
with the army since 2001, Al-Zarar is an upgraded T-59 tank.
Dawn quoted an official as saying the army had given a go-ahead for the production of 50 125 mm barrels for the two MBTs.
A specialised weapons grade steel was used to manufacture the tank gun. A
block of metal is pressed to become a five-metre-long square bar that
is forged into a smooth bore 125 mm barrel.
The HIT has finalised a deal for Rs.200 million for the 50 barrels,
which is slightly less than the cost of each barrel bought from France.
The official said that after delivering 50 tank guns, the HMC plans to produce artillery guns for the Pakistan Army.