On Jul 14, 2021, HIT commemorated its golden jubilee, which also marked 50 years of collaboration with NORINCO. Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Nadeem Raza, graced the occasion as the chief guest. The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Ukraine and Defence Attaché of People’s Republic of China in Pakistan along with key officials of their state companies Ukrspetsexport and NORINCO, high officials of Pakistan Army including Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza and various serving and retired military and civil officials of HIT. The dignitaries were familiarized with the historical evolution of HIT, its various indigenous defence products and technological collaborations. Chairman HIT Major General Syed Aamer Raza, highlighted the achievements of HIT and its contributions to the defence industry by pursuing self-reliance for the country.
CJCSC congratulated Heavy Industries Taxila, NORINCO and Ukrspetsexport (USE) for achieving the hallmarks of excellence besides establishing exemplary relations of mutual cooperation in tank technologies during the last five decades. He appreciated the untiring endeavours of Chairman Heavy Industries Taxila, its officers and skilled workforce, who are striving hard to make HIT a premium defence industry. While highlighting the changing strategic and security environment across the globe, the Chief Guest emphasised on the need for further collaborative efforts with technology partners in the field of Research and Development with special emphasis on indigenisation.
During the ceremony, CJCSC also handed over the scroll to Commanding Officer of 2nd Regiment equipped with Tank Al-Khalid 1. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was also signed between NORINCO, China and Margalla Heavy Industries, Taxila to further expand commercial activities utilizing HIT’s potential. HIT’s Golden Jubilee Celebration gained more significance as it took place during the same year when Pakistan and China are celebrating their 70th Anniversary of friendship and diplomatic ties.
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