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.
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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 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 Navy SWADS/SEALs are trained by the U.S. Navy SEALs instructors and also got training from Turkey & South Korea
Bangladesh Navy started to form its special warfare team SWADS (Special Warfare Diving And Salvage) in later of the last decade with the direct help of U.S. Navy SEALs. The then U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena actively helped a lot. Formation and training process started in 2008 by the USN SEALs and in 2009 raising of the SWADS team has been announced with 150 naval commandos and 200 divers.
Since then the SWADS teams growing. Screening and training processes are as US Navy Naval Special Warfare Center’s guidelines. Besides United States, Turkey & South Korea also assisting Bangladesh Navy in training of SWADS members.
SWADS’ main tasks are special reconnaissance, direct action, foreign internal defense & unconventional warfare; meanwhile anti-piracy, counter insurgency, counter narcotics, counter terrorism. Covert insertions/extractions. Hostage rescue and personnel recovery. Hydro-graphic reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, raid & underwater demolition jobs also been done by them.
Size of the SWADS is classified though experts believe that BN has almost 1000 of SWADS/SEALs. Their base is called “BNS Nirvik” located in the port city Chittagong.
US Navy helped in forming and training of naval special warfare commandos for many countries around the world. Bangladesh increased their defense relations with the United States Military to boost security of the country and maintain stability in the region. Formation of SWADS was something must needed for Bangladesh Navy as the country facing increasing security threats from various unconventional security scenarios.