The Pakistani Talha Armoured Personnel Carrier has been designed and manufactured by APC Factory Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT). 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. 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 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.
The Pakistani Talha Armoured Personnel Carrier Spec’s
Designer Heavy Industries Taxila – Designed 1998
Manufacturer Heavy Industries Taxila – Produced 2002
Weight 12.5 ton (combat weight)
10.6 ton (curb weight)
Length 218.5 in
Width 100 in
Height 102 in
Armour Aluminium (5083 series)
Main armament 12.7 mm machine gun
Engine Two options: Detroit Diesel 6V53T, 275hp / KMDB UTD-20, 330 hp
Power/weight 22 hp/ton (6V53T) / 25 hp/ton (UTD-20)
Suspension Torsion bars, hydraulic dampers
Operational range 320 mi
Top Road Speed 40 km/h
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