BD Air Force started to modernize their existing eight Mig-29 fighter jets to the latest “SMT” variant. This modernization includes new multi-mode multifunctional fire control radar, better performance engine, other advanced avionics and latest weaponry with BVR air-to-air missiles.
Bangladesh Air Force has six single-seat & two twin-seat Mig-29s which were bought from Russia in 2000. Already these fighter jets of BAF has been overhauled two times. These are the most advanced fighter jets Bangladesh has in its advanced combat jet inventory.
On the other side, myanmar air force also proceeding to upgrade their 31 Mig-29s. Currently the relations between Bangladesh and myanmar disrupted severely over Rohingya genocide issues. Myanmar air force helicopters also violated Bangladesh’s airspace several times, though, Dhaka restrained from shooting them down.
As experts saying, if Bangladesh Air Force doesn’t briefly increase their advanced fighter jet number then the country’s airspace could face severe threats from regional hegemonic entity like india and myanmar. Recent news suggests that BAF has ordered 16 Chengdu J-10C fighter jets from China. Those advanced Chinese fighter jets will join BAF within years.
The price of the whole upgradation program hasn’t published but can be assumed it is not tiny. But it is for sure that true BVR capability will boost BAF’s air warfare power. Those fighter jets are currently assigned with the No. 8 Squadron which is based on the Kurmitola Air Base in Dhaka.
Bangladesh Air Force conducted live air-to-air missile firing test recently to calibrate and augment air warfare capabilities. In this training Mig-29, F-7BGI and L-39ZA aircrafts participated. All the combat planes were from the Kurmitola Air Base. This training exercise was successful.
Bangladesh Air Force going to induct Chinese FD-2000 surface-to-air missile system very soon
FD-2000 SAM System is the export designation of the HQ-9 long-range air defense system developed by China will come to the Bangladesh Air Force’s Integrated Air Defense brigade
Bangladesh Air Force going to induct Chinese FD-2000 long-range surface-to-air missile defense system.
This acquisition will be activated just after deployment of the LY-80E medium-range air defense system. BAF currently has no such defensive military equipment rather some FM-90B short-range air defence missile systems in active service. FD-2000 is the export designation of the domestic Chinese version of HQ-9 long-range SAM system. It’s developed by the CPMIEC.
Bangladesh Armed Forces has seeking some affordable and cost-effective air defense systems, which can be integrated into country’s existing air defence command network. BAF previously evaluating some options and choose Chinese one. This SAM platform will be deployed to protect Bangladesh’s important civil-military installations around the country.
This long-range missile defense system has 200km of slant range. Can engage targets up to 27km altitude. Its main search radar can track 100 targets and designate 50 of them. Main fire control radar guide 6 interceptor missiles to hit 6 targets simultaneously. It is very much capable to operate under intensive enemy electronic jamming environment.
FD-2000 SAM system can intercept fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, UAVs as well as cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, air-to-ground missiles and stand-off range precision guided bombs too. Search and tracking radars have anti-stealth capabilities to track & shoot down stealth aircrafts.
In recent aggressive posture of the burmese military near Bangladeshi border has rattled the thoughts of military leaderships in Dhaka. Bangladesh Army was fully prepared to strike into burmese territory due their violations of international laws and diplomatic gestures. Hundreds of thousands innocent Rohingya peoples has been murdered by the military junta of myanmar. Almost 1 million of them fled to Bangladesh to save their life. Burma clearly committed history’s one of the most brutal genocide against this ethnic minority. General Secretary of the United Nations declared this act as the “text book example of genocide”.
After killing hundred thousands of Rohingya peoples burmese army started to provoke Bangladesh by violating the airspace several times. They frequently did it. Bangladesh Army deployed heavy artillery, troops, combat helicopters, riverine brigades along the burmese border but refrained from order full scale operation due to the absence of an effective air defense system. Bangladesh Air Force’s air power is not enough to give air support for such an operation. Hence army stopped. By analyzing all the recent development in the region Bangladesh harshly felt her needs for long-range, deep coverage surface-to-air missile systems. And now, FD-2000 LRSAM is coming.
Bangladesh Aeronautical Center is the first of its kind in the country poised to manufacture modern fighter jets for the Bangladesh Air Force
Government established Bangladesh Aeronautical Center (BAC) as the starter of the aviation industry in Bangladesh to reduce dependency on foreign sources for various aviation equipment for civilian and military use.
Bangladesh Air Force’s Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center (BAC) is the country’s first of its kind. This is a Bangladesh Ministry of Defense-owned aerospace defense security and advanced technology venture mainly focusing on avionics, aviation, and high-tech electronics. BAC poised to build modern fighter jets in Bangladesh within next decade. BAC’s work domain includes aircraft design, development & manufacturing, and producing avionics systems for country’s armed forces. Manufacture and maintenance of radar, unmanned aerial vehicle and other defense systems for Bangladesh Army & Bangladesh Navy. It also performs maintenance and overhauling of the civil-military airplanes.
There are strict restriction of exporting any product, technology or services to any foreign party. Bangladesh Air Force is operating and managing all the activities of this aviation industry. BAC is going to make operational an F-7 overhaul plant for BAF’s F-BG+F-7BGI fleet upgradation. Unmanned aerial vehicles will be built in BAC soon. An advanced 4.5th generation fighter jet development/manufacturing program has been planned to be done in BAC. Other allied aviation products like fighter jet spares, civil airplane’s parts, aerial munitions, aviation electronics, ground based radar systems etc. also are the products of BAC.
On the other side of the border myanmar negotiating with China & Pakistan for license building of the CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder in home. It suggests that the JF-17 will be myanmar air force’s main workhorse in the coming days. To maintain technological edge-over against burma Bangladesh must take measures sooner than later to start building/assembling any 4.5th fighter jet in home. It not only helps our air force to build a handsome fleet of modern combat jets as well as also give positive contribution to the country’s economy. BAC has collaborating with Russian Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, JSC Irkut Corporation and Chinese Hongdu Aviation Industry Group. Main products would be_
Aircraft maintenance Helicopter Maintenance Military communications Aerial navigation Defense electronics Missile defense elements UAV systems
Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center has an opportunity to create a high-tech military aviation industry in the guise of BAF’s needs. The intention of BAC is to use indigenous resources and manpower at most. It is now time to come up with all our possibilities to ensure national security and economic strength through local defense equipment manufacturing. After meeting the country’s armed forces needs many military hardware can be exported to the friendly countries to earn more money for the R&D. We hope all the best and perfect for the Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center. We hope we’ll be strong against all odds, in home & abroad. BANGLDESH ZINDABAD.
Bangladesh Army, Navy & Air Force has started historic steps to establish a defense industry sector in country to reduce foreign imports & save hard earned foreign currencies
Bangladesh has a little industrial base for defense equipment manufacturing and assembly. It comprises mostly land systems, small arms, and naval ships. An aviation center has been established but not going further than overhauling, maintenance and repair.
Bangladesh Ordnance Factories, Bangladesh Machine Tools Factories, Dockyard & Engineering Works Limited, Khulna Shipyard Limited, Chittagong Dry Dock Limited and Banghabandhu Aeronautical Center are the only entities in the defense sector.
Government of Bangladesh trying to expand this sector to create more jobs, saving hard earned foreign currencies and ultimately to enhance armed forces’ capabilities to maintain national security.
Bangladesh Army Plans to Purchase a Large Amount of High-Tech Weapons & Equipment Urgently
Bangladesh Army & BAF will purchase latest generation tanks, APCs, air defense systems, howitzer guns, advanced fighter jets, and some other military equipment soon. As economy growing slow Bangladesh also slowed the modernization processes of her Armed Forces. Although, current economic constraints Bangladesh Army & Bangladesh Air Force decided to purchase some military equipment & weapons quickly.
This is to enhance operational capabilities and flexibilities. Most of the weapons and systems will come from European Union and Chinese sources. Bangladesh is peace loving country working for establish peace in the world through the UN Peace Keeping Missions. Hence, Armed Forces of Bangladesh needs various types of military hardware to accomplish those vital missions worldwide, especially in African continent. Bangladesh is the largest troop contributor to the UNPK Missions.
Most of the military hardware will come from the EU, Russia and China. Bangladesh enjoys great, cordial relation with EU nations.
BD Army will selected Chinese NORINCO made VT5 light tanks to purchase under this quick acquisition program. How many will be bought that’s still unclear. Turkey offered its MKEK 18 tons towed artillery but Bangladesh needs something light to be transported through the existing helicopter by under-sling carrying options. BA also searching for a highly advanced medium range surface-to-air missile system. According to news BA got offer from MBDA Missile System’s for its SAMP/T Aster-30 SAM system, though, it’s not selected yet. Other equipment like Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) etc. are also included in the list.
Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) planned to purchase a squadron of 4++ generation fighter jets from reliable origin. Either it could be Russia or China who can provide BAF 4++/4+ generation combat jets. Russia offered Bangladesh its latest MiG-35 fighter jet, but, BAF sought for Su-35S Flanker-E supermaneuverable jet, which is now a combat proven jet. China, on the other hand, offered a squadron of its indigenously designed Chengdu J-10B 4.5th generation fighter aircraft. Bangladesh cautiously examining all of her options. Defense forces selecting their tools one by one keeping all the financial aspects in mind. Hope very soon BAF will announce its new fighter jet option. Until then we shall wait for the news to come.
Bangladesh Army (BA) will buy Russian Pantsir S1 Surface-to-Air Missile Gun system.
Bangladesh Military power increasing by acquiring most advanced weapons systems. Bangladesh Air Force already deployed Chinese FM-90B SHORAD system. Russian Pantsir S1 is an incredible air defense system which will boost Bangladesh’s defense capabilities.
Low to extremely low flying aerial targets can be engaged with high probabilities of hit by this SAM system. Pantsir S1 can detect, track and hit aircrafts, helicopters, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, UAVs etc. It has a limited capabilities to engage ground targets too. This SAM system can fire some armor-piercing projectiles.
The 30mm dual cannon designed from the aircraft gun and its rounds has a maximum range of 4km while minimum is 2 meter. This dual gun system has firing speed of 5000 rpm and can carry 1400 rounds in its cell and it’s fully automated.
Russian Air Defense Forces and Aerospace Forces has deployed the Pantsir System. Until 2014, reports said that 200 Pantsir S1 surface-to-air missile and gun system has been delivered to the Russian Armed Forces.
Besides Russia Pantsir S1 SAM batteries has been deployed by the armed forces of Algeria, Brazil, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Syria, UAE, Vietnam. If Bangladesh Army acquire this system it would be a great leap forward to build a formidable air defense force to protect our national interests and ensure our national security.