Bangladesh Navy Anti-Ship Missile Inventory Comprised Of C-802A, Otomat Mk2 Block-IV, C-704 and SY-1.
Bangladesh Navy has an inventory of various anti-ship missile of Chinese & Italian origins. These weapon systems are installed on BN warships of various class and sizes. And some of them can be fired from Bangladesh’s upcoming Leonardo Company’s AW159 ASW helicopters too. There are news that latest Chinese C-803 AShM will be featured on BN’s next heavy frigates and stealth corvettes.
Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles are the guided weapons system of any potent navy. To maintain credible presence and protect its EEZ in the Bay of Bengal Bangladesh sought to procure many weapons for her naval force. Along with this aspiration Chinese systems are made their way into our navy which form the main share of such capabilities to date.
Bangladesh Navy’s main long-range anti-ship missile is the Italian Otomat Mk.2 Block-IV which can hit targets at 200km distance. Another long-range AShM is the Chinese C-802A which has been complemented by the Chinese short-range AShM C-704 for littoral operations. Previously China’s SY-1A was the main long-range attacking weapon of BN. It’s been upgraded with modern sensors and radars, but not in “main” weapons of attack in Bangladesh Navy now. It is being hoped that BN’s new Leonardo AW159 Wildcat ASW helicopters will be featured with Otomat Mk.2 Block-IV missiles too. For shorter use weapon Thales Martlet will also come along with the two AW159 Wildcat.
On the other hand, Bangladesh Navy’s anti-air weapons systems are too poor to date. It consists of only Chinese FM-90N which has been derived from the HQ-7A, has very low range and has been installed on few of BN warships. FL-3000N is a CIWS surface-to-air missile with very very low range-altitude. It is came along with the Shadhinota Class corvettes.
However, Italian WASS manufactured A-244S fire-&-forget torpedo system is a decent ASW+ASuW weapon. It is really a weapon of choice with highly advanced technologies.
In the coming years, Bangladesh Navy going to build its latest warships (stealth frigates & corvettes) in home which will feature modern VLS system and naval SAM systems. Experts hoping that those warships’ missile capabilities will be boosted towards an incredible level before this BN doesn’t have. Until then, we must wait to see which systems Bangladesh choose to be installed on her next warships.
Bangladesh Navy will build Chinese PLAN Type 056 corvettes & Type 054A AAW frigates, before which Type 053H3 Guided Missile Frigates will serve as “stop gap” warships
Bangladesh Navy buying to Chinese Type 053H3 guided missile frigates. These two new ship of BN will serve as “stop gap” warship in the fleet. Bangladesh going to license build PLAN Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvettes and Type 054A multipurpose air-defence missile frigates in home.
Until those very modern advanced warships joins Navy BD, coming two refurbished ships will provide surface combat, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare capabilities to navy. Bangladesh gained a large amount of sea area with exclusive economic exploitation rights, which must be patrolled properly to prevent any asset loss.
After the new build warships’ entry to the fleet Bangladesh Navy will put these two Type 053H3 missile frigates into coastal patrol role. Bangladesh mainly purchasing Chinese naval warships to enhance force’s surface warfare capabilities. Recently BN commissioned two Chinese refurbished Type 035G Ming-class attack submarines into active service and started a new journey of sub-surface force.
Government of Bangladesh guaranteed the armed forces a comprehensive modernization program dubbed as “Forces Goal – 2030”, under which forces expansion and new quality hardware being purchased. Bangladesh Nou Bahini getting huge budget to purchase new warships, maritime airplanes, ASW & utility helicopters, submarines, and new bases are also planned. Country’s biggest naval base is being built at Rabnabad in Patuakhali district in the southern coastal region where, near, also construction for a cantonment for Bangladesh Army also underway.
To build a “Tri-Dimension Naval Force” Bangladesh Govt. providing every possible support to the force. In coming years there will be more modern advanced attack submarines, warships, MPA and other naval assets to patrol over country’s 118590 sq. km of water body in the Bay of Bengal. For coastal defense and patrolling Bangladesh upgrading its Coast Guard too, and acquiring more coast guard ships in various sizes. Recently surfaced news shows that Dhaka acquiring various coast guard and marine security purpose ships from China and japan. Bangladesh Coast Guard has been separated and authorized to policing the vast coastal region.
Within 2030, Bangladesh Navy will be one of the largest and powerful navy of Asia, as speculation goes on. It’ll be the second largest surface combatant operators in South Asia and one of the most formidable in Asia. Bangladesh needs to secure its “sea-line of communications” or SLOC, as most of its overseas trade happens through maritime route in Bay of Bengal and main sea ports are demands full-proof security from conventional/unconventional threats. So, country’s military leadership expecting huge boost in high-tech military hardware purchasing in the coming days. Hope we would be able to publish articles on those issues as information are available to publicly.