Royal Air Force’s Hercules C5s Coming To Bangladesh Air Force

Bangladesh Air Force Purchasing Two C-130J Super Hercules From Royal Air Force of United Kingdom

Recently Bangladesh shopping some high-tech military equipment for its armed forces from across the globe.

Directorate General Defense Purchase (DGDP) overlooks the purchasing processes. Bangladesh Air Force has making a deal with United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force for two of its Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical medium airlifter. Currently BAF operating four Lockheed Martin C-130B/E Hercules and wants some few more.

C-130J Super Hercules is the latest advanced version with an upgraded engine and other advanced systems and sensors. This aircraft has sought huge success in the military transport aircraft market while almost 300 unit has been built various customers.

Bangladesh Air Force acquiring C-130J Super Hercules planes to enhance military air operations under “Forces Goal – 2030”. And, these aircrafts can also be used during any natural disaster management operation as Bangladesh is a highly natural calamities prone country.

Bangladesh Army Buying LARGE Number of Armored Combat Vehicles From Turkey

Bangladesh Senabahini going to build a large Armored Combat Vehicle fleet for swift operational movement by acquiring these 680 Light Armored Vehicles from Turkish defense company

A Turkish defense contractor Delta Defence has been awarded Bangladesh Army’s armored vehicles contract. According to a latest news Directorate General Defense Purchase (DGDP) published a contract that revealed that 680 Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) will be procured for the Bangladesh Army. Among those armored vehicles 600 are Tur-K2 and 80 are Tur-K3, which are based on the Ukrainian Practika designed Kozak-2M 4×4 and Otaman 8×8 armored vehicles respectively.

Bangladesh Army (BA) enhancing troop mobility capabilities to a new level by purchasing various types (air, land and riverine) tactical military transport platforms. BA already operating a large number of Russian & Ukrainian built BTR-80, BTR-82s along with some other APCs. This new APC acquisition is a largest one in BA history which worth $1 billion.

Delta Defence is subjected to delivery first 100 vehicles in 2018, 150 in 2019 and fulfill the whole total 680 within 2021. Within next nine months from the contract signing date Delta Company shall delivery those 80 Otaman 8×8 armored vehicles to the Bangladesh Army.

These LAVs are very much capable to carry 10-12 Special Operations Forces troops to the conflict zone. So, it can be assumed easily that BA would utilize these combat vehicles to fight any asymmetric, non-conventional threat. The land mass of Bangladesh is composed up of soft earth plain where heavy tanks will not be moved swiftly. To fight any war in this terrain medium weight tanks and armored combat vehicles are the best suited ones. Hence Bangladesh Army purchasing more armored military vehicles to increase its mobility capabilities.

Army announced that they are going to manufacture Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) in Bangladesh very soon. Info about the design or model isn’t available yet, though, it is safe to believe that Bangladeshi homemade APC will be of any Chinese or Russian designed one. In the coming years Bangladesh will build many of her weapons and military equipment in home. Processing and steps needed are being taken in due priority.

New RECRUIT: Thousands of Posts Has Been Created In Bangladesh Army’s 10th Infantry Division

Bangladesh Army Created 10+ Thousand Posts of Various Ranks for 10th Infantry Division at Ramu Cantonment in Cox’s Bazar.

10884 new posts has been created in the newly formed 10th Infantry Division. This new division of Bangladesh Army has been raised and established in the Ramu Cantonment in cox’s Bazar. There are 15 ranks among those 10K new posts. This is the southernmost military installation of Bangladesh. There are another cantonment being built at Patuakhali’s Lebukhali area just beside of Bangladesh Navy’s biggest under construction naval base.

All the official procedures for these new posts appointment has been done by the Government of Bangladesh by passing the bill at cabinet meeting. These development will complete in next six fiscal years step by step.

Bangladesh Army has established Cox’s Bazar’s Ramu cantonment to ensure all round security of the country’s vital civil-military infrastructures at there. Pekua submarine base, world’s longest sea beach and many other important things are there in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh which needs all round protection. On the other side, most of the drugs, illegal migration, smugglings are happened through Teknaf district from myamnmar to Bangladesh which has to be stopped at any cost Dhaka thinks. For all these reasons Bangladesh stationed military there.

These massive recruitment will be completed through six years span due to economical constraints. Among new man power, Army will also buy 1300+ military vehicles for the 10th Infantry Division. Development of the area almost nearing end and all facilities will be available soon. This recruitment is the largest expansion in the terms of man power of the Bangladesh Army. This expansion happening per the “Forces goal -2030”.

Bangladeshi Shipyard Will Build Two Landing Craft Tank (LCT) For Bangladesh Army

Bangladesh Army Awarded Western Marine Shipyard A Contact To Build Two Landing Craft Tank

DGDP, Bangladesh ordered two LCT for Army. These contract was awarded to Western Marine Shipyard Ltd. LCTs are the vessels carry and land main battle tanks, APCs, IFVs, ACVs and many military vehicles. Bangladesh Army’s LCTs can be able to carry 200 soldiers along with 40 officers, while it’s main role of carrying MBTs are 8 in number.

A deal was signed between managing director of WMS and Deputy Director Purchase (Army Wing-1) Col. Chowdhury Fazle Ali. Total program costs around 770 million BDT.

These Landing Craft Tanks are 64 meter in length. Can operate in the stormy shores of Bangladesh and riverine regions too. These vessels will boost Bangladesh Army’s combat operational capabilities into a new height. In future more LCTs will be built in home. Previously such two LCT was built by the Naraynganj Dry Dock Limited for the Bangladesh Navy.

Bangaldesh pushed for an indigenous naval shipbuilding industry. Previously Khulna Shipyard was the sole builder of navy warships, and then NDDL came forward. Now, the good news is that this trend of manufacturing warships comes to the privately owned shipyards of Bangladesh. It will help the country’s economy and reduce reliance on foreign manufacturers.

It is worth to mention that China solely helped Bangladesh to start the modernization of warship building facilities of Bangladeshi shipyards. And they also providing warship designing assistance to us. In future Chittagong Dry Dock Limited goinf to build High Performance heavy frigates in Bangladesh which design and technical assistances will be provided by the Chinese warship builder CSIC.

In the last, but not in least, I want to mention here that Bangladesh Army increasing their tactical military cargo transport capabilities by acquiring new and advanced transport platforms. BA going to receive its biggest military transport aircraft C295W which is now in under trial flights in Spain. Army seeking a parallel transport capabilities in air, land and water. In future more such platforms going to be acquired by the army. Until then enjoy this piece of article.

Bangladesh Army Going To Manufacture Advanced Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System In Home (Bangladesh)

Government decided to build an indigenous defense industries to produce high-tech military equipment and thus, Bangladesh Army started a project to manufacture GMLRS in home.

Bangladesh Ordinance Factory (BOF) and Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) jointly will assemble “Guided-Multiple Launch Rocket System” (GMLRS) for the Bangladesh Army.

Primarily medium range MLRS will be assembled under license from some Chinese manufacturer. And for this purpose army has started to negotiate with several Chinese military vehicle manufacturers for suitable launcher vehicle.

Bangladesh Armed Forces finalized a modernization plan dubbed as “Forces Goal – 2030”. Under this plan Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force started purchasing various military equipment. And initiated various defense program to produce possible military hardware in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Army assembling Man Portable Air Defence Systems in Bangladesh Ordinance Factory (BOF). Next is “Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System” (GMLRS). One of the sophisticated Chinese MLRS which is widely used by the PLA going to be assembled under license from China. BMTF discussing with Chinese military vehicle manufacturer Sinotruck and Taian for a heavy duty military truck suitable for multi-barrel rocket launchers.

Bangladesh Army’s next target to build Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) in Bangladesh.

EXCLUSIVE: Deadly Missiles of Bangladesh Navy

Bangladesh Navy Anti-Ship Missile Inventory Comprised Of C-802A, Otomat Mk2 Block-IV, C-704 and SY-1.

Bangladesh Navy has an inventory of various anti-ship missile of Chinese & Italian origins. These weapon systems are installed on BN warships of various class and sizes. And some of them can be fired from Bangladesh’s upcoming Leonardo Company’s AW159 ASW helicopters too. There are news that latest Chinese C-803 AShM will be featured on BN’s next heavy frigates and stealth corvettes.

Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles are the guided weapons system of any potent navy. To maintain credible presence and protect its EEZ in the Bay of Bengal Bangladesh sought to procure many weapons for her naval force. Along with this aspiration Chinese systems are made their way into our navy which form the main share of such capabilities to date.

Bangladesh Navy’s main long-range anti-ship missile is the Italian Otomat Mk.2 Block-IV which can hit targets at 200km distance. Another long-range AShM is the Chinese C-802A which has been complemented by the Chinese short-range AShM C-704 for littoral operations. Previously China’s SY-1A was the main long-range attacking weapon of BN. It’s been upgraded with modern sensors and radars, but not in “main” weapons of attack in Bangladesh Navy now. It is being hoped that BN’s new Leonardo AW159 Wildcat ASW helicopters will be featured with Otomat Mk.2 Block-IV missiles too. For shorter use weapon Thales Martlet will also come along with the two AW159 Wildcat.

On the other hand, Bangladesh Navy’s anti-air weapons systems are too poor to date. It consists of only Chinese FM-90N which has been derived from the HQ-7A, has very low range and has been installed on few of BN warships. FL-3000N is a CIWS surface-to-air missile with very very low range-altitude. It is came along with the Shadhinota Class corvettes.

However, Italian WASS manufactured A-244S fire-&-forget torpedo system is a decent ASW+ASuW weapon. It is really a weapon of choice with highly advanced technologies.

In the coming years, Bangladesh Navy going to build its latest warships (stealth frigates & corvettes) in home which will feature modern VLS system and naval SAM systems. Experts hoping that those warships’ missile capabilities will be boosted towards an incredible level before this BN doesn’t have. Until then, we must wait to see which systems Bangladesh choose to be installed on her next warships.

Bangladesh Navy’s Submarine Seeker Aircraft!!

Bangladesh Navy increasing its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities by inducting 2 more Do228NG MPA, and enhancing surveillance & intelligence gathering capabilities too.

Bangladesh Navy (BN) buying 2 more Maritime Patrol Aircraft from German aerospace company Ruag Aviation. Currently Bangladesh operating two Dornier 228NG MPA. Navy BD wants to expand its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities to protect country’s 1, 18,813 sq. km territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal.

Maritime Patrol Aircrafts are very much effective tool to stop illegal migration, fishing, smuggling and protecting maritime environment from unwanted pollution by merchant ships. This type of plane also helps naval forces to fishermen lives during tornedo, hurricane and other natural disaster inshore and offshore. Hence Bangladesh needs more such planes to protect coastal lives and environment in the Bay of Bengal as it is one of the most cyclone and hurricane prone sea. Surely this new acquisition of the Bangladesh Navy will enhance it capabilities in a greater extent and make ease to conduct surveillance missions over Bangladesh’s EEZ in the sea.

International Maritime Tribunal fixed the issues related to the maritime boundaries between Bangladesh, india and myanmar. Almost all of the Bangladesh’s foreign trades are happened through the Sea-Line-of-Communications (SLOC) of the country. Two ports of Bangladesh hosts many merchant ships across the year. Hence sea routes are very much important for Bangladesh. After Bangladesh Navy’s commissioning of the two Chinese submarines neighboring navies trying a sneak-peak into Bangladeshi territorial water bodies. Moreover, recent time’s increased illegal migration, smuggling from myanmar, illegal fishing of neighboring countries’ fishermen into Bangladeshi waters are to prevented, as the Government of Bangladesh intends. For these reasons, Dhaka wants to increase its surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities over the seas.

For ISR role, Bangladesh Navy previously acquired two German RUAG built Dornier Do 228NG Maritime Patrol Aircrafts. After operating those two, navy ordered two more for the same missions. Bangladesh wants to monitor which ships are passing through. And if they are polluting its territorial water bodies or not! And moreover, Navy needs its eyes over there. For these mission requirements Do 228NGs are the best low-cost solution. It’s easy to maintain, operate and handle. Advanced sensors and equipment enables the aircraft to maintain a datalink to the shore command and being upgraded with associated commands.

Do 228NGs are providing Bangladesh Navy an “eyes of the fleet” purposes. As tri-dimension naval force, Bangladesh Navy going to expand its aerial arm with advanced and modern ASW, utility helicopters soon. It ordered two Leonardo Company’s AW159 & 5 Chinese Harbin Z-9C ASW helicopters too. It seems that Bangladesh in the process of making a real deterrent navy in the coming decade.