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Pakistan Buys 600 Tanks to Build Capacity Along India’s Border: Report

ISLAMABAD – As part of the reshaping of its armored fleet by 2025, Pakistan has decided to acquire 600 battle tanks, including Russian T-90 tanks, in addition to producing indigenous products with the help of China to strengthen its military power.

Most tanks purchased by Pakistan will be able to reach targets between 3 and 4 km. In addition to the battle tanks, the Pakistan Army is also buying 245-mm MS-10 SP guns from Italy, from which it has already received 120 guns, the report said.

The report indicates that Pakistan is considering buying a batch of T-90 battle tanks and that this decision reflects Islamabad’s intention to forge a defence commitment deeper with Moscow.

As part of the mega plan to significantly reorganize its armored fleet by 2025, Pakistan has decided to procure at least 360 battle tanks worldwide and to produce 220 tanks locally with the help of his ally, China.

At present, more than 70 percent of the tanks in the Pakistan Armory would have the capacity to operate during the night.

The Pakistani army is considering not only buying T-90 tanks, but also introducing VT-4 Chinese tanks and Oplod-P tanks from Ukraine, the report said.

The Pakistani army has already conducted tests on tanks Oplod and VT-4.

As per the report, at present, Pakistan is learning about 17 units of T-59 and T69 tanks of Chinese origin, representing 30% of the total capacity of its tanks.

It also has 12 Al-Zarar tank regiments, which account for 20% of the tank fleet.

The T-80-UD and T-85 UD of Ukrainian origin, as well as an upgraded version of the T-59 tanks, make up the rest 50% of the fleet.

(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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