BAF has bought Yakovlev Yak-130 trainer – light fighter jets from Russia and these jet trainers also has light fighter capabilities to fight against threats air-to-air, air-to-surface and air-to-ground modes.
To fulfill the needs of an advanced jet trainer requirement of BAF Government of Bangladesh bought 16 Russian Yakovlev built Yak-130 for the country’s air force. This year BAF also ordered 14 more Yak trainer jets.
Yak-130 trainers can mimic all 4++ & 5th generation fighter jets’ cockpit. These jets can also be used as light fighter for low-intensity warfare. Besides training purposes yak advanced jet trainer can carry various types’ weapons loads for light fighter role.
Bangladesh Air Force undergoing modernization program through “Forces Goal — 2030”. Due this modernization plan BAF wants at least 6 x 16 fighter jet squadrons for protection of the country’s skies. As the program started, it needs pilots shall be highly trained and skilled by extensive aerial warfare knowledge. Hence, BAF plans and acquiring more efficient fighter-trainers which can mimic both 4++ & 5th generation stealth fighter jets avionics and cockpit. In this context Yak-130 is the only aircraft, currently, in the world which can be deployed to train pilots for 4.5th and 5th generation combat aircrafts.
It is worth to mention here that Bangladesh Air Force formed two squadron to host 24 Yak-130s. Maybe, one squadron will be deployed for light combat role and another would be dedicated to train pilots. There are also other trainer jets for intermediate flying training of pilots, K-8W Karakorum and L-39ZA Albatros intermediate jet trainers.
Alongside pilot training Yak-130 can also carry 3000 kg of weapons payloads for combat missions. This weapons load includes R-73E IR guided air-to-air missiles, KAB-500Kr TV guided smart bombs, KAB-50, 100, 250 & 500 unguided bombs and one GSh-23L/GSh-301 cannon.
This capabilities of light fighter role of Yak-130 makes it an ideal platform for COIN, AT, asymmetric warfare. And BAF intends to assert this capabilities with Yak-130 jets. As it based on an open architecture software any foreign weapon system can be installed on the Yak-130 with greater ease, which makes sense to BAF as it also deployed Chinese built aerial munitions too.
Despite a recent BAF Yak-130 crash it created a new capabilities which was previously depended on the F-BG & BGIs. In the coming years Bangladesh Air Force will purchase more modern and advanced fighter jets which boost country’s air power in a greater level.
Bangladesh modernizing her defense forces to best serve the country’s interests, and this is a normal phenomenon
Bangladesh Armed Forces pursuing a modernization plan dubbed as the “Forces Goal – 2030” to enhance capabilities
Bangladesh Armed Forces pursuing an extensive modernization process dubbed as the “Forces Goal – 2030”. That’s mean many things will be changed within this time frame to increase Bangladesh’s military strength. Although the plan being implemented, some acquisition programs will depend on the economic condition.
Here the problem is most of the ordinary citizens of Bangladesh doesn’t know how defense procurement process works! We tried to make clear how Government of Bangladesh implementing the upgrade process and how much time it will take. This is just an effort to serve rightful information that Bangladeshis needs to know about their state institutions.
Bangladesh don’t publish about all its weapon systems because of many reasons. Some things should be kept in secrecy, it’s a strategy to astonishing enemy in battle. In the coming years Bangladesh Armed Forces will induct many game changing weapons. Many weapons and weapons platforms are great diplomatic tool which gives the country some leverage to gain favor in negotiating with other states.
Bangladesh must synchronize its efforts to secure her position in the region. To deal Myanmar perfectly we need highly advanced and effective weapons that could destroy Burmese dream of keep poking Bangladesh. So, not all things should be published in the newspapers or television channels.
Bangladesh Armed Forces showed keen interest to buy Turkish made defense equipment includes TAI Hurkus basic trainer, TAI T129 ATAK attack helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles
Bangladesh modernizing its armed forces to meet the challenge of the 21st century security situation hence buying modern defense hardware from various countries including turkey
Bangladesh wants TAI Hurkus basic trainer aircraft, TAI T129 ATAK helicopter and Anka or Bayraktar TB2 UAVs.
Government of Bangladesh interest to buy Turkish manufactured defense hardware. Hurkus is a basic trainer aircraft intended for primary pilot training. Bangladesh Army searching for a suitable attack helicopter option whereas turkey’s T129 ATAK attack helicopter is a contender too. And, Bangladesh wants build a handsome fleet of unmanned aerial systems fleet to better monitor adverse weather conditions as it is a disaster prone country. Drones are effective tool to monitor advance flood situation, SAR missions after cyclone, flood and other natural calamities.
Bangladesh Armed Forces sometimes opts for Turkish defense products as those are cheaper than same western ones. Recently turkey developed some decent military equipment like T129 attack helicopter, TAI Anka unmanned aerial vehicle and many armored combat vehicles. Ministry of Defence wants to increase Bangladesh military strength in new level to ensure country’s national security.
Turkey is a Muslim nation which has the most sophisticated military equipment manufacturing technology. Most of the Turkish defense companies obtained their technologies from the west through joint-venture or bought the whole manufacturing license. Recently Ankara pushed for greater defense exports. And, offering those military toys to other Muslim and friendly countries. They have a wide array of highly advanced defense products ranging from land weapons systems, naval warships and submarines and aerial weapons platforms.
Bangladesh wants to diversify her defense products acquisition sources beyond Russia and China. In regards, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia and Egypt could be viable sources. As another Muslim nation Bangladesh could get some ease to buy from them without any obstacles. Hence Bangladesh’s interests in Turkish TAI Hurkus, T129 ATAK attack helicopter, Anka UAV and other defense hardware is a sign of growing military relations between the nations. We hope these relations will grow more and a strong brotherly relation will be sealed forever.
South Korea offered its K21-105 light tank to Bangladesh Army for their new light weight battle tank program
K21-105 light tank has been designed by the Agency for Defense Development & manufactured by the Hanwha Defense Systems for the Republic of Korean Army with Belgian CMI Defence
South Korea offered its K21-105 Light Tank to Bangladesh Army (BA).
Recently BA has driven for a new type of light battle tank to enhance fire power of the armored divisions. This light tanks will be deployed in the mountainous and jungle areas where most of the heavier main battle tanks can’t operate to various reasons.
South Korean Hanwha Defense Systems manufacturing this tank. K21-105 light tank is based on the K21 infantry fighting vehicle which has been developed by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) of Republic of Korea Government. Basically the K21-105 light tank has been developed by the Doosan DST & CMI Defence of Belgium. It uses the newly developed XC-8 turret by Cockerill (CMI Defence) which increased its direct fire capability. The XC-8 is based on the Cockerill CT-CV 105HP turret and is fitted with a 105 mm or 120 mm gun. This gun can fire 8 rounds per minute.
This 105mm gun can fire all standard NATO rounds for up-to 10 km range in indirect fire mode. It also can fire newly developed smart ammunition at a range of 4km. A 105mm Gun-Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile can also be fired from this 105mm gun named CMI Defence Cockerill Falarick. This missile can engage heavy armored vehicles beyond 5km range. Falarick missile is laser-guided and capable of penetrate 550mm ERA. This turret has a two-man crew, digital, the gun is fully stabilized, autoloaded and capable of operation in day/night due to NV/Thermal weapon systems. Secondary armament consists of a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun along with an optional roof-mounted 12.7 mm machine gun in a remote weapon station. K21-105 features an advanced fire control system.
K21-105 light tank has a weight of 25 tons and three crew, including commander, gunner, and driver. A 750hp engine powers the tank and has a hydropneumatic suspension and advanced running gear. This tank is moderately armored with automatic fire suppression and NBC protection systems. This tank has amphibious capabilities with full combat loads.
Bangladesh Army seeking a tank that can climb in the hills and run through soft, muddy marshlands as well as can cross rivers. The tank must be very nimble, light, features highly advanced fire control systems. Earlier we learnt Bangladesh Army planners choose Chinese NORINCO VT5 light tank. China PLA deployed VT5 in the Tibetan Plateau after successful exercise conducted in the same region.
VT5 can operate in the height of Tibet and it will surely suitable to operate in the highlands of Bangladesh’s southern parts too. VT5 is an all-rounder light tank to be deployed in the Cox’s Bazaar, Bandarban and other hilly districts in the Chittagong Division. BD Army wants to give burma a befitting response if they misbehave in the border areas. For that BA needs such tanks immediately. It is been reported that Bangladesh will buy 3-regiments of VT5 light tank, though, evaluating the South Korean one.
No one knows whether Bangladesh Army will go for both or only one, but surely its will boost army’s direct fire power in a great level. So, watch out burmese looters.
Bangladesh Ordnance Factories is the largest defense company of the country operating by the Bangladesh Army
Bangladesh has very little defense equipment manufacturing facilities. Which have, all are state owned. Among them Bangladesh Ordnance Factories (BOF) is the biggest one and established in 1979 with the help China.
After that, in the 80s the facility has been renovated and expanded. Now, BOF manufacturing various kind of small weapons. BD-08 assault rifle, BD-14 general purpose machine guns, Heckler & Koch G3 Battle Rifle, Arges BD-84 hand grenades, FN-16 MANPADS and some others. Most of the ammunitions needed for the armed forces and police forces of Bangladesh are being produced in the Bangladesh Ordnance Factories.
Within next year BOF will start to manufacture rocket or projectiles for the home made Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems of Bangladesh Army. Another defense vehicle manufacturing company Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) will assemble the launcher vehicles for the GMLRS.
Bangladesh Ordnance Factories contributing to the country’s security as well as saving hard earned foreign currencies. And this defense venture creating a military-industrial complex for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) is the country’s largest automobile industry managed by the Bangladesh Army producing military vehicles for armed forces
Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory or BMTF is an automobile manufacturing/assembly industry managed by the Bangladesh Army. This state owned commercial venture is primarily tasked to produce various types of military vehicles for Bangladesh Armed Forces. Troop trucks, staff cars, jeeps etc. are being assembled in BMTF. It’s also manufacturing some soldiers’ gears and other materials for Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Air Force and Bangladesh Navy.
BMTF setting up a plant to produce Armored Personnel Carriers and launcher vehicles for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems that will be assembled in Bangladesh. For this negotiation is ongoing with China Sinotruck and Taian Special Vehicle Company Ltd. BMTF is the largest venture in Bangladesh in its category. It also produces various agricultural equipment, energy saving lamps, leather items for soldiers and steel structures.
Bangladesh needs to build her own military industries rapidly to cope up with the security threats emerging in the region. Burma playing dirty with enormous aggressiveness. Burmese military trying to make Bangladesh unstable by provoking in the border and by the genocide of Rohingya ethnicity. China, israel, india backing burmese killer military and civilian leaderships from the behind. There’s no real friend in the international diplomacy, except one saving their very own interests themselves.
Bangladesh’s main export gateway is situated in Chittagong region, that’s mean Chittagong Sea Port. It must be secured whit the utmost importance to it. Bangladesh can’t rely on foreign suppliers for all her defense equipment, rather have to build an indigenous supply line. Hence, Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory bears a great importance in regards of country’s security issues. It has strategic implications not only in terms of defense equipment but also it’ll save large amount of foreign currencies and will give a positive contribution to the country’s economy. Various number of employment in civil-military paradigm has been created and more shall be.
In the conclusion, Bangladesh Army’s efforts to build/manufacture defense equipment and goods in home is a positive step in various ways. It would save our money, improve our industrial base, create jobs, and make us independent to acquiring military hardware.
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.