AFV Alphabet: Q is for Al-Qaswa Logistics Vehicle

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I have to admit that finding an entry for Q was a challenge, and as it is, I haven’t been able to find a picture of the Al-Qaswa under a licence that allows me to use it here. There are some good pictures on the PakDef Military Consortium site, however.

The Al-Qaswa is a tracked vehicle with a fully enclosed armoured crew compartment, and an open cargo bed to the rear. It is based on a lengthened M113P chassis, with an extra road wheel on each side, sharing many components with the M113P. Rather than an armoured personnel carrier used to carry supplies, it is specifically designed to transport supplies across all types of terrain. It is designed and built by Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) in Pakistan.

It has a crew of two, and can carry up to six tons of cargo. A tarpaulin can be used to protect the cargo from inclement weather. HIT suggest that the vehicle could form the basis for a number of further vehicles, such as a missile launcher, ambulance, command vehicle, etc.