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.
More modern guided missile frigates coming to Bangladesh Navy until the Chinese Type 054 air defence frigates be inducted into the fleet, those will be built at Chittagong Dry Dock with Chinese technical help
Two Chinese Navy multirole frigates will be inducted by Bangladesh Navy in 2018. Maybe Type 053H3 or Type 054 are coming to BN. Bangladesh increasing its naval fire power faster to protect total 118,813 square km of sea waters. China helping Bangladesh to build a formidable navy in the Bay of Bengal.
Bangladesh seeks more modern air-defence frigates and capable littoral combat warships. And those ships should be built locally in Khulna Shipyard and or in Chittagong Dry Dock Limited. This will give commercial off-set to Bangladesh.
In future Bangladesh Navy will be the second largest powerful navy with large fleet of surface combatants in the South Asia and one of the most powerful in Asia. Naval aviation with Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) is being shaped and sub-surface force started its journey with two chinese submarines.
Bangladesh has to protect it maritime boundary from illegal fishing, illegal human trafficking, drugs & goods smuggling through naval route from Burma. Large portion of drugs smuggled in Bangladesh from burma through Bay of Bengal.
There are plenty of hydrocarbons under the sea bed of the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh got its right to explore those non-living marine assets from continental shelf. Previously in 2008 myanmar navy sneaked into Bangladeshi territorial waters and started to survey for hydrocarbon resources. Bangladesh navy goes on and made Burmese ran away. After that Bangladesh Navy decided to enhance its naval power with various types of naval platforms. According to some credible sources, Bangladesh going to build Chinese PLAN Type 056 Jiangdao class stealth ASW corvettes in Khulna Shipyard and PLAN PLAN Type 054A Jiangkai II multipurpose guided missile stealth frigates in Chittagong Dry Dock Limited for BN.
When the ships will be inducted into the fleet Bangladesh Navy will be the second largest surface combatant force in the South Asia and one of the most powerful navy in Asia. Yet those planning to come into fruition, though, Bangladesh expanding naval force very rapidly with high-tech equipment.
Bangladesh ordered two Leonardo Finmeccanica AW159 Wildcat last year to boost its navy’s ASW, ASuW capabilities to protect the maritime boundary and its marine assets
Bangladesh Navy will get AW159 Wildcat Helicopters in last of 2017. Bangladesh modernizing its armed forces under the “Forces Goal – 2030” upgradation program.
This helicopter has Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Over-The-Horizon-Targeting (OTHT) capabilities. AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat has been in operational with British Royal Navy, Royal Army, South Korean Military, & Philippines Navy.
Bangladesh Navy is also operating two Dornier Do-228NG Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Germany. Two AW109 SAR helicopters built by the Italian Leonardo Company.
Bangladesh will also get some few utility and ASW helicopters soon.