Pakistan gave an enhanced version of Tuesday its domestic main battle tank for the army.
A joint venture of Islamabad with China and Ukraine-tank regiment of the Pakistan army at a ceremony at heavy industries Texila (hit)-the state defense manufacturer.
Army commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa, representatives of the senior military leadership attended the ceremony, according to army’s media wing.
Al Khalid-I will replace his predecessor, “al-Khalid”, developed jointly by Pakistan and China in the 1990-ies.
“Al-Khalid 1 will be transferred to entities that are crucial and decisive role in the war”, – stated in the message.
Bajwa praised the work, hit “to the attainment of independence and the production of the world’s indigenous defense products class, is urgently needed in a changing security environment.”
Reaffirming the need to strengthen the defense, and operational readiness, he said, “Our preparation of the defence and ensuring of operational readiness for peace within and peace outside.”
But he warned that if provoked, the army “must respond and respond with all your strength,” a thinly-veiled reference to longtime rival India.
Two nuclear rivals have long been locked in an intense arms race, and some “successful” missile tests in recent years.
Two armies for decades faced off across the line of control, the de facto border that divides the disputed region of Kashmir between the two rivals.
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