A Turkish defense contractor Delta Defence has been awarded Bangladesh Army’s armored vehicles contract. According to a latest news Directorate General Defense Purchase (DGDP) published a contract that revealed that 680 Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) will be procured for the Bangladesh Army. Among those armored vehicles 600 are Tur-K2 and 80 are Tur-K3, which are based on the Ukrainian Practika designed Kozak-2M 4×4 and Otaman 8×8 armored vehicles respectively.
Bangladesh Army (BA) enhancing troop mobility capabilities to a new level by purchasing various types (air, land and riverine) tactical military transport platforms. BA already operating a large number of Russian & Ukrainian built BTR-80, BTR-82s along with some other APCs. This new APC acquisition is a largest one in BA history which worth $1 billion.
Delta Defence is subjected to delivery first 100 vehicles in 2018, 150 in 2019 and fulfill the whole total 680 within 2021. Within next nine months from the contract signing date Delta Company shall delivery those 80 Otaman 8×8 armored vehicles to the Bangladesh Army.
These LAVs are very much capable to carry 10-12 Special Operations Forces troops to the conflict zone. So, it can be assumed easily that BA would utilize these combat vehicles to fight any asymmetric, non-conventional threat. The land mass of Bangladesh is composed up of soft earth plain where heavy tanks will not be moved swiftly. To fight any war in this terrain medium weight tanks and armored combat vehicles are the best suited ones. Hence Bangladesh Army purchasing more armored military vehicles to increase its mobility capabilities.
Army announced that they are going to manufacture Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) in Bangladesh very soon. Info about the design or model isn’t available yet, though, it is safe to believe that Bangladeshi homemade APC will be of any Chinese or Russian designed one. In the coming years Bangladesh will build many of her weapons and military equipment in home. Processing and steps needed are being taken in due priority.