yes it was known from sometime but ... this is I think is the first official confirmation related to indigenous gun barrelI thought this had already been posted, otherwise I’d have done it a couple of days ago when Farooq tweeted about it.
It’s been known since the second trials that VT-4 was using a Pakistani Gun barrel. It’s basically the same one used in AZ, UG and AK series (although there were some minor modifications for the VT-4 in order to mate it to the slightly different gun breech).
It was done because the Chinese Barrel wasn’t front removable for easy maintenance + any indigenization is cheaper than none. I wonder if any other changes were made to HITs barrels over the 15 year or so period they’ve been in production.
The poster states that 87% of the barrels components are indigenous.