Bangladesh Navy currently operating two modified Chinese Ming-class attack submarines. Bangladesh bought those submarines off-the-shelf from People’s Liberation Army Navy’s active fleet. China modernized those boats with possible most advanced sensors and armaments.
These two Ming-class submarines are armed with Yu-4 heavy torpedo and naval mines. BNS Nabajatra and BNS Joyjatra are currently deployed to deter any enemy surface fleet, invading country’s territorial water bodies.
Bangladesh Navy is the naval warfare branch of the country tasked to protect Bangladesh’s interests in the territorial & exclusive economic water bodies. Mainly operating in the Bay of Bengal. Currently this force transforming into a three-dimensional naval force in the region.
BD Navy also tasked to protect the EEZ of Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal from all types of threats that could hamper our economic and military interests. New warships, submarines, aircrafts for various naval application are being inducted.
Bangladesh’s main trading shipping lines goes through this highly important sea. BN has a great plan to enhance strategic capabilities to respond any internal and external threats quickly. Naval special operations forces has been formed with the needs keep in mind. Indigenous shipbuilding industry growing according to the navy’s needs.
Bangladesh Navy executing a modernization program actively. Under modernization plan dozens of warships will be built in home and will be acquired from overseas with all the latest naval weaponry. New generation of maritime patrol aircrafts are also in pipeline.
Any regional hegemonic party will face a formidable navy from Bangladesh within few years. It also established units to fight terrorism, human & drug trafficking, illegal fishing, maintaining security of the merchant ships and all others.
As it happening, within 2030 Bangladesh Navy will be the second largest navy in the South Asia region second to Indian navy. And one of the most sophisticated and powerful in Asia. Bangladesh’s current main foe is the myanmar navy and indian navy is a possible mighty adversary. BN modernizing its force capabilities accordingly.
Bangladesh Navy setting up a new naval base at Patuakhali. This new base will host surface combatant and submarine berthing as well as a naval aviation facilities. Location of the base is in the Rabnabad channel.
This naval base will be the biggest of its kind in the country. The Navy’s own air base will surely bolster operational capabilities of the navy. The name of the base has been settled ‘BNS Sher-E-Bangla’. Currently construction process going on in full speed.
Bangladesh Navy’s wing in the DGDP has issued a tender for two more ASW-ASuW helicopters from overseas suppliers/manufacturers. According to the operational & technical specifications stated in the tender it is obvious that Italian Leonardo will be the winner of this procurement.
Earlier Bangladesh Navy awarded Leonardo for two AW159 Wildcat ASW copter. BN wants to build a fleet of 12 anti-submarine warfare helicopters to multiply force capabilities.
Bangladesh Navy currently operating two Leonardo AW109E Power utility helicopters and two RUAG Dornier Do-228NG maritime patrol aircrafts. Two Leonardo AW159 Wildcat ASW helicopters are on order & recently a tender has been surfaced to purchase to more such copters.
On the other hand BN wants to expand its MPA aircrafts fleet to gain real force multiplier capabilities. On the line of this effort BD Navy ordered two more Do-228NG MPAs which will be fitted with the Leonardo SeaSpray AESA radars from Italy on those 2 new Dorniers.
Bangladesh Navy planning to manufacture anti-ship cruise missiles in home to be fitted in the upcoming High Performance Guided Missile frigates
Naval planners of Bangladesh thinking to setup anti-ship missile producing facility to save limited resources allocated for the Bangladesh Navy
Bangladesh Navy plans to manufacture anti-ship cruise missiles in home.
Naval planners of Bangladesh considering to produce or assemble anti-ship missile domestically to meet the High Performance Frigate program of the navy. Under “Forces Goal – 2030” modernization program Bangladesh Navy (BN) poised to operate more than a dozens of advanced multirole stealth frigates, stealth corvettes and some other missile carrying small warships. Most of the naval ships will be built in home, mean in Bangladesh. Those guided missile frigates will feature a substantial amount of anti-ship cruise missiles.
To save resources and create defense industry opportunities Bangladesh Navy wants to manufacture those missiles in home. For this purpose BN is searching for a suitable option overseas with transfer-of-technology. This program currently is in preliminary planning phase. On the other side of the modernization process Noubahini already tasked Chittagong Dry Dock Ltd. to build first two multirole frigates. First ship’s steel cutting may happen mid of 2018. Hence local assembly of some of the armaments of those warships can be done in Bangladesh.
Currently Bangladesh facing serious troubles from burmese side. Military leaders of burma playing with fire by provoking her neighbor. Burma also violated Bangladesh’s air space near cox’s Bazaar border dozens of times. But Bangladesh showed patience. Burmese military conducting a brutal killing mission against Rohingya minors in the Arakan state (a.k.a. rakhine state). Thousands of Rohingya women raped, children burnt live and more than one hundred Rohingya villages torched. Secretary General of the United Nations termed this act of myanmar military as “text book example” of ethnic cleansing. Almost 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh to save their lives.
After such heinous crime against humanity war criminals of burmese military trying to destabilize the region by clicking a war with Bangladesh. But the military leaderships in Dhaka decided not to attack burma then but, in future such patience may not work. Burma would get a befitting reply that burmese nation will remember that with utter fear. Preparations are going on. Bangladesh building her own defense industry. Any crisis will be met with great courage and vigor.
BNS Durgam is the first Bangladesh made anti-submarine warfare warship built in Khulna Shipyard Limited has been commissioned
Khulna Shipyard Limited built BNS Durgam & BNS Nishan ASW Large Patrol Crafts for the Bangladesh Navy which is enhancing ASW assets to deter enemy submarines
Bangladesh commissioned first home-made ASW warship BNS Durgam into active service.
BNS Durgam is a Durjoy-class semi-stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare large patrol craft (LPC) of Bangladesh Navy built by the Khulna Shipyard Limited. A shipbuilder from China provided technical assistances to make the ship. This is the first Bangladesh made ASW warship. Two ship in the class has been commissioned by the Honorable President of Peoples Republic of Bangladesh Advocate Abdul Hamid yesterday.
BNS Durgam ship design is the downsized version of the Chinese PLAN Type 056 stealth corvette. First two ships of this class was built china for Bangladesh Navy. Then china transfer the technology to Khulna Shipyard Limited. Here two dedicated ASW version BNS Durgam and BNS Nishan has been built and four more ships are expected to be built in the next two years.
Bangladesh Navy set a goal to build most of the naval ships in home. As per that plan already some small patrol boats, tug boats, submarine tugs, landing craft utilities and tankers has been built in several shipyards. Chittagong Dry Dock Limited (CDDL) has been tasked to build large displacement guided missile frigates for the BN.
Bangladesh Navy embarked on an ambitious modernization process consists of advanced large surface combatants, modern attack submarines and various types of aerial asstes. Already two Chinese Ming-class attack submarines are in service with the Bangladesh Navy. Two more, maybe Song-class, advanced attack submarine will join the fleet within 2 years. Bangladesh Navy targets to build most of the in three shipyards they own. Small and medium crafts, utility vessels will be built in the Dockyard & Engineering Limited Narayanganj, Khulna Shipyard Limited currently building Durjoy-class offshore patrol vessels and envisioned to build large naval ships and finally Chittagong Dry Dock Limited (CDDL) is tasked with to build heavy guided missile frigates for the BN.
These “home-building” initiatives saving money and contributing to the national economy surely. Hence these projects bear greater national roles not only to protect country’s maritime boundary but also improving the economy by creating new jobs. In the coming years, after fulfilling BN’s requirements, Bangladesh would be able to export naval ships in the friendly nations which will bring essential export earnings too.