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APC Talha

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Place of origin  Pakistan
Designed  1998
APC Talha

Type  Armoured personnel carrier (APC)
Used by  Pakistan Army Iraqi Army
Designer  Heavy Industries Taxila
Manufacturer  Heavy Industries Taxila

Talha is an armoured personnel carrier (APC) designed and manufactured in Pakistan by APC Factory of Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT). The vehicle is based on the M113-A2-Mk.1 APC. The Pakistan Army plans to deploy 2,000 Talha APCs by year 2010. TALHA is an all terrain, amphibious infantry support vehicle with 12.7 mm machine gun as its main armament. Adequate crew compartment space provides excellent crew comfort. Survivability is enhanced through use of external fuel tanks. Various forms of bolt-on armour can be added to increase armour protection of the vehicle.



The decision to develop the Talha made after U.S. sanctions imposed on Pakistan made it impossible for HIT to continue manufacturing the M113. The Talha's design is based on the M113, one notable difference being the positions of the engine and driver station.

The Al-Talha is being marketed for export and was displayed at the IDEAS 2002 defence exhibition, Karachi, in 2002. In November 2004 an Iraqi delegation ordered 44 Talha APCs.


There is a flexibility in the design that the Engine compartment can accommodate power pack with 275 HP Detroit Diesel 6V53T turbocharged engine or 330 HP UTD-20, a Ukrainian engine

Current operators

  • Pakistan Army: 400+ in Service; Total 2,000 planned to be deployed.
  •  Iraq
  • Iraqi Army: 44 delivered by Pakistan in 2006.
  • Civilian operators

  • Sindh Police: 40 delivered by Wah Ordnance Factory in 2012.
  • Variants

    5 road wheel variants:

  • Talha - APC
  • Maaz - Fitted with Baktar-Shikan anti-tank missile firing unit
  • Mouz - Fitted with RBS 70 surface-to-air missile firing unit
  • Sakb - Command vehicle.
  • Al-Hamza - Infantry fighting vehicle
  • Stretched 6 road wheel variants:

  • Saad - APC
  • Al-Hadeed - Armoured recovery vehicle
  • Al-Qaswa - Logistics vehicle
  • References

    APC Talha Wikipedia