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 getting offer for its Attack Chopper acquisition program from various sources includes Italian Leonardo Company with its A129 International attack helicopter
Bangladesh Army attack helicopter procurement, Leonardo A129 is an option.
Italian defense equipment manufacturer Leonardo Company offered it A129 International attack helicopter to Bangladesh Army. Attack helicopters are modern army’s aerial warfare backbone and Leonardo’s A129 combat helicopter is one of the most sophisticated chopper in its class.
It is a combat proven platform. A129 also dubbed as AW129, sometimes. Italian Army operating 59 of them and deployed worldwide operations. This attack helo can operate in hot desert conditions, cold weather, and tropical humid weather. If Bangladesh Army go for A129 then they can get logistics, training, maintenance and spare supports easily.
Bangladesh Army going to manufacture Armored Personnel Carrier in Bangladesh very soon
Bangladesh Army (BA) Going to Manufacture Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) in Home.
Bangladesh setting up an armored personnel carrier (APC) manufacturing plant inside the Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) premises in Gazipur district near Dhaka. Not only army but also other armed forces, Bangladesh Police, Border Huard Bangladesh, and few other paramilitary needs such armored cars to operate swiftly.
Recently Armed Forces of Bangladesh taking initiatives to manufacture most of the country’s needed military equipment and gears in home. APC factory is one of those efforts. BMTF has sufficient resources and skilled manpower to execute such big military vehicle manufacturing process. Previously Bangladesh upgraded their Type-59 tanks with some foreign technical help. Bangladesh Army also producing various types of military trucks and cars.
In another effort, BD Army setting up an overhauling plant for russian built “BTR” series armored personnel carriers. Currently BA has 600+ BTR APCs. Bd Army operating a large number various APCs, most them are Russian made BTR-80 & BTR-82s. some are Egyptian, American, Chinese, Turkish and other Eastern European origins.
In the near future Bangladesh eyes for manufacturing own aircraft, APC, large warships, MANPADS missiles, multiple launch rocket systems, soldiers gears, fighter jet overhauling plant and some other. Building efficient military industries shall save large amount of resources and help in country’s economy a lot. That’s why military-civil leadership of Bangladesh taking effective steps and measures to flourish this sector. After fulfilling country’s needs these hardware can be exported which will earn some extra bucks for the economy. Large number of civilian employments would help socio-economic development. And, such, Bangladesh Army’s effort of manufacture Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) in home benefits our birth land in all the way.
Bangladesh Army choose Chinese A-300 precision guided multiple launch rocket system to increase deterrence power
Bangladesh Army choose chinese A-300 guided multiple launch rocket system to buy as the BA needs a new long-range rocket artillery system. For the contract China offered its various models but Bangladesh may only buy China ALIT A-300 GMLRS which is a 300mm rocket artillery system with 290km range.
A-300 GMLRS is very much capable of hitting targets well behind the enemy lines of upto 290km. it is mainly designed to hit large area targets. Bridges, armored corps or large concentration of enemy troops, artillery and air defense batteries, command posts, ammunition depot and other military support facilities.
Recently burmese army’s aggressive maneuvers near Bangladesh’s border in the southern parts of the country rattled the military planners in Dhaka. Bangladesh resorting to increase her artillery firepower to a new height with massiveness. Due to the hilly terrain of the Cox’s Bazaar, Bandarban and Teknaf districts Bangladesh Army needs very nimble, shoot & scoot type MLRS to best suit the needs.
Bangladesh Army and Navy also increasing massive firepower to thwart any burmese misadventure. Still Bangladesh can handle burmese aggressiveness well, rather resort to peaceful manner to maintain stability in the region as it has a greater role to promote peace across the South Asian region.
Bangladesh Army buying Chinese C-802A Anti-Ship Coastal Missile Defense System to protect country’s shoreline.
Bangladesh Army going to buy Chinese C-802A land based anti-ship missile system to secure mainland. Senabahini sought to work together with Bangladesh Navy to protect the country and her interests. Bangladesh Army always keeping country’s security top of all concerns.
Bangladesh Navy already deployed C-802 AShMs in various surface warships. Besides C-802 Bangladesh also has an inventory of C-704 and Otomat Mk.II anti-ship missiles. For anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare Bangladesh Navy will get two Leonardo AW159 Wildcat ASW/ASuW helicopters end of this year and hoping to order more 10 examples.
Recent Bangladeshi airspace violations by burmese army provokes anger among the nation but government and higher military leadership restrained from retaliation regarding stability causes in the region. Bangladesh is a peace loving country and don’t want war, though, Army wants to be fully prepared for any future situation. Primary threats could be burmese navy’s surface ships for which Bangladesh Army buying these land based anti-ship missile systems.
These missile capability will give Bangladesh some deterrence against regional navies. Bangladesh has a vast territorial water body to be completely protected from invaders or pirates. As burma showing jingoistic attitudes, Bangladesh has no way rather being ready for befitting reply to yangoon. Hope this new weapons platform acquisition of Bangladesh Army will be faster and smooth.
Bangladesh Army will buy 3 regiments of NORINCO VT5 light tanks within short time to enhance BA’s mountainous warfare capabilities
Chinese VT5 light main battle tank has been finalized by Bangladesh Army. 2 to 3 regiments will be bought in short-term acquisition process. This tank is designed and manufactured by the NORINCO, China.
As sources confirmed, Bangladesh Army will buy more light tanks from Europe too. VT5 light MBT is a very nimble, has maximum fire power and can operate in mountainous & marshy lands, jungle, riverine areas.
Weapons are a 105mm rifled-main gun, a 12.7mm & a 7.62 mm machine gun. There are a 40mm automatic grenade launcher, too, in the remotely-controlled weapons station.
Bangladesh implementing “Forces Goal -2030” modernization program to upgrade Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force. Under this upgrade process all three main armed forces will be equipped with high-tech advanced military equipment.
Government of Bangladesh Select BD Army to Build Shelters for Rohingyas Took Refuge in Cox’s Bazaar & Teknaf Districts
Bangladesh Army tasked to build 14000 makeshift shelters for the Rohingya refugees. With the help of United Nations and other aid authorities from around the world Bangladesh Government arranging the whole work. Along with the army other armed forces and paramilitary will also participate to successfully finish the job in time.
Bangladesh Army has reputation to complete such construction projects in due time with higher quality. Previously Bangladesh Army carried out such construction works and completed the “Ashroyon Prokolpo” for the homeless peoples funded by the government and various donor organizations in the past.
8 square kilometer area has been selected near Bangladesh-burma border in Cox’s Bazaar and Teknaf to build the refugee shelters. Each shelter will accommodate six families and such 14000 thousand shelters will allow 84000 families to live temporarily there. Various donors included UNHCR, EU, USAID, Canada, JAICA etc. are providing funds and other allied resources. Almost 700,000 Rohingya peoples took refuge in Bangladesh’s southern districts of Cox’s Bazaar, Teknaf and Bandarban.