In May 11, Bangladesh and india signed an defense agreement. Under this agreement india will finance Bangladesh’s military purchases. Bilateral military training exchange is also a part of this deal. Although, majority of the Bangladeshis are not happy and furious about this agreement Sheikh hasina government which is not elected forcefully done this.
Navies of both countries are also signed an MoU under which indian GRSE and Bangladesh Navy’s Khulna Shipyard will work together but in which project no clue. Many expert saying that this agreement going to bind Bangladesh for indian approval to buy anything for her armed forces. Patriotic Bangladeshis seeing this agreement as a treachery of the current government.
Everyone knows Bangladesh is the 3rd biggest remittance source of india. Bangladesh does not india’s military support for many reasons. One of the biggest reason is “treason”. India’s hegemonic designs against her neighbors are not hidden anymore. Nepal broke out with Delhi for this very hegemonic behavior. India didn’t exchanged any technological investment with any of her neighboring country. So, now, india’s keen eager to help Bangladesh in the military sector is nothing just a bluff.
Bangladesh Air Force started to setup manufacturing plant to produce rubberized & glass spare parts of Chinese origin military aircrafts at Bangladesh Aeronautical Complex.
A tender has been issued to the international parties to build a plant which will manufacture specific spare parts for the F-7BGI fighter jets, K-8W Karakorum and PT-6 trainer aircrafts. The building of the plant have to be completed within 2017-2018 fiscal year.
In long-term, Bangladesh Air Force has planned to manufacture advanced fighter jets, medium altitude long-endurance UAVs and avionics systems. In order to keep existing aircraft fleet, including fixed-wing & rotary wing, BAC will setup several overhauling plant.
An overhauling plant for the F-7BGIs being materialized and another one for the Russian built Mi-17 series of helicopters also been planned. These aviation industry facilities will boost Bangladesh’s defense equipment manufacturing capabilities to a greater extent.
Bangladesh Army developing short-range tactical ballistic missiles in home to ensure national security.
Bangladesh is a peace loving country, though, to safeguard her sovereignty country developing tactical SRBM.
Bangladesh working to develop Short-Range Ballistic Missiles (SRBMs) to safeguard its sovereignty and peace in the region. Military sources claim that the project being proceeded with following all international regulations & laws. As a peace lover nation Bangladeshis has reputation to long serve in the United Nations Peace Keeping Missions abroad. But the Government of Bangladesh decided to have some deterrent power to maintain peace and stability of the country as well as in the region. Some recent regional incidents make Bangladesh Armed Forces to acquire such deterrence capabilities.
Still it is not known the name of the program or any other details about the weapons system. But it’s obvious that Bangladesh needs foreign assistances to make this project successful. The country don’t have any such industrial capabilities in public sector. So, the whole program being conducted under the BOF supervision. The exact range and payloads is completely secret. It’s a strong guess that China helping Bangladesh in the respective sector. For more information we must wait for few more months.
Burma has some decades old North Korean Hwasong-6 short range ballistic missiles. As per Wikipedia burmese army has 6-8 such missile. The CEP of those Hwasong-6 missiles are 500 meter to 1000 meter. But it still can pose a threat to the civilian casualties. Hence, Bangladesh must have her own systems to kill burmese threat. Besides burmese threats Bangladeshi tactical SRBMs will increase country’s deterrent power.
A joint-venture between Bangladesh and China will evade most sanctions and controversy as Bangladesh Armed Forces is a defensive force to ensure country’s sovereignty over any foreign aggression. It’ll also help to maintain peace in the region while myanmar posing a great risk of outbreak an unacceptable war. So, Bangladesh’s decision to make Short-Range Ballistic Missiles is a great initiative.
Bangladesh made first warship was Pabna class patrol boats built in 1972 to 1977 timeframe for the Bangladesh Navy
Pabna class patrol crafts was built by the Dockyard & Engineering Works (DEW) Ltd. Naraynagnaj
Pabna class patrol boats was the first ever homemade naval vessel for the Bangladesh Navy. Total five crafts were built in the Dockyard & Engineering Works (DEW) Ltd. Naraynagnaj. After serving for long time in the BD Navy, Pabna class crafts were handed over to the newly formed Bangladesh Coast Guard in 1994.
First boat of the class was launched in the 1972 and last three was launched in the 1977. Pabna class crafts are the small naval ship intended to patrol the riverine water bodies with sufficient speed and maneuverability. The first ship was, dubbed as the BNS Pabna. This class was powered by two Cummins diesel engines. It was 75 feet long, 6.1 wide and 6.2 feet draught. The ship weighs 69 tons while comprising 33 crews.
A Swedish Bofors made 40mm cannon was the only armament of the craft. Currently all the ships are serving in the BCG. New class of patrol boats and crafts has been commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy service, which mainly replaced this class.
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.
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.