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As the nation marks Defence Day with traditional zeal and fervour, The Express Tribune takes you on a 360-degree ride aboard Pakistan Army’s Al-Khalid main battle tank.

Al-Khalid, popularly termed the military’s armoured fist, is equipped with a 125mm smoothbore gun and the 9M119M Refleks, an anti-tank guided missile.

The tank is capable of firing six to eight rounds per minute. It is also equipped with a laser rangefinder.

The Al-Khalid is manned by a commander, gunner and driver. There are only three crew members.

It features a 12.7mm machine gun mounted on top. The tank can fire the Pakistani Naiza 125mm, a depleted uranium round which has a one-shot kill capability.

Al-Khalid is made of hard steel armour plates and explosive reactive armour (ERA) bricks for greater protection.

Crew are protected by an NBC system. The tank is equipped with a  fire extinguisher and explosion-suppression systems.

The MBT features a laser monitoring system. The armoured fighting vehicle can launch thermal smoke and fragmentation grenades.