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 Air Force maybe not buying Russian Su-30SME due to high prices demanding by the Moscow’s Rosobornexport
Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Not Buying Su-30SME Under MRCA Program.
Bangladesh Air Force’s Su-30SME acquisition plagued due to high price asking by Moscow. Rather Russia wants Bangladesh to buy its new Mig-35D. But BAF is not willing to buy any more Migs. UAC asked $60m for each Su-30SME whereas they offering it to Phillipines Air Force in a $45m price tags.
Bangladesh Air Force currently lacks in needed air power due to aging fleet of F-7BG and some of 8 Mig-29s. Country needs 2-3 more squadrons of 4++ generation fighter jets to maintain air power balance. Recent acquisition of BAF comprises only some trainer aircrafts and utility helicopters. No new advanced fighter jet has been bought in near future.
Initially Bangladesh sought for Su-35S, that’s too, slowed regarding high-price. In the meantime China offered Bangladesh a $1b loan to buy chinese military aircrafts includes J-10B 4.5th generation fighetr aircraft. BAF also needs J-10B like jet but it can’t compromise with the deep strike, long-range capabilities too. Hence, Su-30SME or Su-35S is a must needed capability for Bangladesh Air Force right now. Russia using this card to increase price. Although, BAF surely wait for the reduction in price.
Bangladesh facing burma’s relentless aggressive posture towards her border. Army and navy is ready to take steps to thwart burma to the edge but can’t go ahead due to lack of proper air power from the ountry’s air force. Hence, planners in Bangladesh Army considering about to acquiring some ground strike aircrafts like U.S. Army A-10 thunderbolt and Russian Army’s Su-25 Frogfoots. In that case BAF’s new fighter jet acquisition program will slowed down in the term of funding. It’s high-time for BAF to select a platform and negotiate skillfully to buy with reasonable price. For that air force should do heavy military-diplomatic works. Still there’s no hope but in the coming months Bangladesh Air Force will finalized the MRCA deal, maybe, finally, with Russia. So, seat tight and watch over it.
Let’s Learn Fifth Generation Stealth Fighter Jet Best Suits Bangladesh Air Force’s Next Generation Fighter Aircraft Program
Bangladesh Air Force needs to plan about fifth generation stealth fighter jets right now. Many countries around the world going next-generation in aerial warfare. Although, only U.S Air Force and People’s Liberation Army Air Force currently has operational 5th generation fighter aircrafts, almost a dozen of country will have deployed stealth jets within 2025.
Bangladesh Air Force must have a long-term modernization planning, which should include fifth generation fighter aircraft. In the near future BAF can go for Chinese Shenyang developed J-31 stealth fighter jet which also known as FC-31 (export designation).
Another viable option if Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI)’s developing TF-X next generation fighter jet. Introduction of the jet will be in 2023 timeframe. Currently prototype building phase going on in collaboration with British BAE Systems.
Russian Sukhoi Su-57 (PAK FA) can also be a BAF’s choice, and it’s going to be operational within next 2019. Moscow will push it for export after fulfilling Russian Aerospace Force’s needs.
South Korean KAI KF-X may can be an option but it would unwise to say that Bangladesh will go for it. But, in case, any failure to other options (seems not) BAF can consider it.
Bangladesh needs sufficient air power to ensure security of the country’s airspace. Other two branches of Bangladesh Armed Forces, Army & Navy, was unable to give befitting reply to myanmar after its recent genocide of innocent Rohingya Muslims. Burma also violates Bangladesh’s air spaces several times. But army restrained itself from busting burmese military due to the lack of needed air power. Hence, BAF must re-think and take active steps toward fifth generation combat jets.
Bangladesh Air Force needs to buy some advanced technology UAVs urgently to ensure operational capabilities
Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Needs A Fleet of Efficient Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to Reduce Pressure on Manned Combat Aircraft.
BAF doesn’t operate any capable unmanned aerial system (UAS) or UAVs right now. But, to ensure force’s capabilities it’s now time to acquire some drones to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the regions where manned aircraft operations costs unnecessarily. There are handful options for Bangladesh regarding UAV/UCAVs. First of all China can be the most predictable source as several Chinese surveillance and armed UAVs are emerged as capable system. Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group recently unveiled Wing Loong II Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) which is the successor of the previous version Wing Loong I. on the other side China Aerospace Science and Industries Corporation (CASIC) also offering it’s new version of the RainBow series armed drones named CH-5, which is the most powerful & capable Chinese combat UAV. Besides these two there are many other Chinese military drones which can make their way to the Bangladesh Air Force, and those are cheap, cost effective solutions.
Other than China BAF can also go for Turkish military drones, mostly TAI developed Anka and –Kale-Baykar’s Bayraktar & Bayraktar TB2 armed UAV. Turkish ones may cost more than Chinese ones but those are reliable and almost similar to the western UAVs.
In recent times, Bangladesh Air Force lacking sufficient air power. Most of the combat aircrafts of BAF are Chinese built obsolete F-7s which can’t secure country’s airspace, besides recent acquisition process of MRCA (Su-30SME) has been plagued by the huge asking price from Moscow. MRCA acquisition will take more time to be finalized. In the meantime BAF needs to balance the air power to provide air support to the ground troops and navy.
Myanmar violated Bangladesh’s airspace almost 20 times in last few months and BAF can’t response befittingly. Army and Navy was in standby position to thwart any burmese misadventure but due to the lacking of air power burma got a clean chit this time. And that’s sad. Fellow countrymen keenly followed the development and wished Bangladesh Armed Forces would response burmese aggression with vigorous reply, but they failed. Hence, as experts believe, BAF needs to buy some truly combat capable drones to fill the gap.
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 Air Force Aerial Bombing Training Exercise on Targets with L-39 Albatros Trainer Light Attack Aircraft
Bangladesh trying to resolve the Rohingya crisis diplomatically involving major world powers including United Nations, USA, EU, Australia and other regional players
Bangladesh army is ready to handle any security scenario along the myanmar border. Government of Bangladesh insisting world community to resolve Rohingya crisis peacefully hence no parties be suffered.
Bangladesh is peace loving country and Bengali peoples are sacrificing continuously for peace. Bangladesh Armed Forces is the single largest contributor to the world peace by serving in the United Nations Peace Keeping missions.
Although, all this calm nature, people of Bangladesh loves their country above all. To defend country’s sovereignty Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force will not hesitate to fight any aggressor. For the reasons Bangladesh AFs are ready in the myanmar border.
Burma provoking Bangladesh for start a war with her. A war with burma right now will completely shadow the Rohingya crisis and give burmese killers sufficient rooms to kill more Rohingya peoples. Western world will just keeps barking on burma and let them to create massive anarchy inside our beloved country. For that reason Bangladesh must act cautiously to overcome the crisis and tensions with burma. We will get huge time to teach burma a lesion in near future. So, war is not an option for Bangladesh right now.