Bangladesh Air Force issued tender for 4++ Gen. Long-Range Maritime Strike & Offensive Fighter Plane:
Bangladesh Armed Forces Services’ Directorate General of Defence Purchases (DGDP) has issued an international tender In February 28, 2017, for eight multi-role maritime combat aircraft, additionally options for four more, for the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). From previous acquisition pattern BAF will purchase these fighter jets from Russia. News already circulating in web that Russian United Aircraft Corporation expecting to grab the contract. UAC will propose their Mig-35S, Su-35S and Su-30SM 4++ generation fighter jets for the bid.
These aircrafts will be deployed to protect its territorial water body in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh Navy (BN) has its very own air arm, though, BAF will be responsible for the aerial offensive and strike support to the Navy during any conflict.
Previously Government of Bangladesh pledged full support to raise a tri-dimensional naval forces including surface combatants, sub-surface forces (submarine force) and naval air arm. BN currently operating few fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircrafts includes Dornier Do-228NG maritime patrol & ASW aircraft, Harbin Z-9C surveillance & utility helicopter and recently ordered for two AgustaWestland AW159 ASW helicopters. As Bangladesh Navy has no adequate facility installed to maintain such a full-fledged combat fighter jets its BAF’s task to provide aerial strike support to the navy.
According to the tender issued DGDP asked to submit proposal against the tender in April 13, 2017. Additional four fighter aircrafts will also be purchased in coming days, it’s also been stated in the tender document.