Bangladesh Air Force needs to buy some advanced technology UAVs urgently to ensure operational capabilities
Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Needs A Fleet of Efficient Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to Reduce Pressure on Manned Combat Aircraft.
BAF doesn’t operate any capable unmanned aerial system (UAS) or UAVs right now. But, to ensure force’s capabilities it’s now time to acquire some drones to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions in the regions where manned aircraft operations costs unnecessarily. There are handful options for Bangladesh regarding UAV/UCAVs. First of all China can be the most predictable source as several Chinese surveillance and armed UAVs are emerged as capable system. Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group recently unveiled Wing Loong II Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) which is the successor of the previous version Wing Loong I. on the other side China Aerospace Science and Industries Corporation (CASIC) also offering it’s new version of the RainBow series armed drones named CH-5, which is the most powerful & capable Chinese combat UAV. Besides these two there are many other Chinese military drones which can make their way to the Bangladesh Air Force, and those are cheap, cost effective solutions.
Other than China BAF can also go for Turkish military drones, mostly TAI developed Anka and –Kale-Baykar’s Bayraktar & Bayraktar TB2 armed UAV. Turkish ones may cost more than Chinese ones but those are reliable and almost similar to the western UAVs.
In recent times, Bangladesh Air Force lacking sufficient air power. Most of the combat aircrafts of BAF are Chinese built obsolete F-7s which can’t secure country’s airspace, besides recent acquisition process of MRCA (Su-30SME) has been plagued by the huge asking price from Moscow. MRCA acquisition will take more time to be finalized. In the meantime BAF needs to balance the air power to provide air support to the ground troops and navy.
Myanmar violated Bangladesh’s airspace almost 20 times in last few months and BAF can’t response befittingly. Army and Navy was in standby position to thwart any burmese misadventure but due to the lacking of air power burma got a clean chit this time. And that’s sad. Fellow countrymen keenly followed the development and wished Bangladesh Armed Forces would response burmese aggression with vigorous reply, but they failed. Hence, as experts believe, BAF needs to buy some truly combat capable drones to fill the gap.
Bangladesh Navy Special Operations Force SWADS gets training of almost all types of weapons available
Special Warfare Diving And Salvage (SWADS) is the elite commando unit of Bangladesh Navy. SWADS receives various training from USA, South Korea & Turkey. SWADS operating dozens of special warfare small arms, assault rifles, sniper weapons systems, grenade launchers etc. Every SWADS member have to get trained almost all those weapons.
Here is a short list of the weapons SWADS members operating currently:
Colt M4A1 SOPMOD: primary weapon of SWADS
Daewoo K2 assault rifle
Type 56 assault rifle
BD-08 assault rifle
M24 Sniper Weapon System
Heckler & Koch HK416 Squad automatic weapon
M16 assault rifle
M203 grenade launcher
MK 19 automatic grenade launcher
Heckler & Koch MP5 9mm submachine gun
Close Quarter Battle Receiver (CQBR) Carbine, used by SEAL operatives only;
Accuracy International AS50 Sniper Weapon System
Besides these there are some other arms too SWADS can operate if needed.
Bangladesh Navy (BN) SWADS is one of the deadly naval special operations forces around the world. SWADS formation, training and operational styles are as same as U.S. Navy SEALs. Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training of BN SWADS happened in U.S. Navy’s Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado. Average drop rate of SWADS trainee is 95%.
BN also send their SWADS operator for training in Turkey where Turkish Navy’s SAS-SAT trainers trains the further to make them lethal naval commando. Turkish Naval Forces and Bangladesh Navy enjoying brotherly relations due to their warm military historical relations. Turkey also can be a supplier of Spec Ops equipment for BN SWADS.
On the other hand, South Korean UDT/SEAL is also a US Navy SEAL trained special force, who’re too, providing training and weapons for BN SWADS. UDT/SEAL has a very rigorous training process. And, South Korea have developed various Spec Ops Forces equipment for their UDT/SEAL which can be very useful by Bangladeshi SEALs. Among them Daewoo K2 assault rifle is in current SWADS inventory.
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.
Bangladesh Army choose Chinese A-300 precision guided multiple launch rocket system to increase deterrence power
Bangladesh Army choose chinese A-300 guided multiple launch rocket system to buy as the BA needs a new long-range rocket artillery system. For the contract China offered its various models but Bangladesh may only buy China ALIT A-300 GMLRS which is a 300mm rocket artillery system with 290km range.
A-300 GMLRS is very much capable of hitting targets well behind the enemy lines of upto 290km. it is mainly designed to hit large area targets. Bridges, armored corps or large concentration of enemy troops, artillery and air defense batteries, command posts, ammunition depot and other military support facilities.
Recently burmese army’s aggressive maneuvers near Bangladesh’s border in the southern parts of the country rattled the military planners in Dhaka. Bangladesh resorting to increase her artillery firepower to a new height with massiveness. Due to the hilly terrain of the Cox’s Bazaar, Bandarban and Teknaf districts Bangladesh Army needs very nimble, shoot & scoot type MLRS to best suit the needs.
Bangladesh Army and Navy also increasing massive firepower to thwart any burmese misadventure. Still Bangladesh can handle burmese aggressiveness well, rather resort to peaceful manner to maintain stability in the region as it has a greater role to promote peace across the South Asian region.
Bangladesh Army buying Chinese C-802A Anti-Ship Coastal Missile Defense System to protect country’s shoreline.
Bangladesh Army going to buy Chinese C-802A land based anti-ship missile system to secure mainland. Senabahini sought to work together with Bangladesh Navy to protect the country and her interests. Bangladesh Army always keeping country’s security top of all concerns.
Bangladesh Navy already deployed C-802 AShMs in various surface warships. Besides C-802 Bangladesh also has an inventory of C-704 and Otomat Mk.II anti-ship missiles. For anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare Bangladesh Navy will get two Leonardo AW159 Wildcat ASW/ASuW helicopters end of this year and hoping to order more 10 examples.
Recent Bangladeshi airspace violations by burmese army provokes anger among the nation but government and higher military leadership restrained from retaliation regarding stability causes in the region. Bangladesh is a peace loving country and don’t want war, though, Army wants to be fully prepared for any future situation. Primary threats could be burmese navy’s surface ships for which Bangladesh Army buying these land based anti-ship missile systems.
These missile capability will give Bangladesh some deterrence against regional navies. Bangladesh has a vast territorial water body to be completely protected from invaders or pirates. As burma showing jingoistic attitudes, Bangladesh has no way rather being ready for befitting reply to yangoon. Hope this new weapons platform acquisition of Bangladesh Army will be faster and smooth.
Border Guard Bangladesh buying 2 Russian Mi-17 helicopters to increase border patrol capabilities
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) is the first line of border patrolling force of Bangladesh. They’re trained and organized by Bangladesh Army. BGB Bangladesh buying two Mi-17 series helicopters from Russia.
Recently government decided to upgrade the force into a three-dimension form to surveillance properly the country’s border areas. Two are ordered and total 10 helicopters will be bought within years. For handling these aircrafts four aviation wings being established across the country. When, the first aviation wing has been raised in Baitul Ijjat, Bandarban. Construction works for 70 heli-support border observation posts are going on in the southern districts of Bandarban, Rangamati, Cox’s Bazaar and Teknaf.
Initially air Force pilots will fly them, meanwhile BGB will have their own pilots trained. Currently Bangladesh Air Force given one of BGB’s Bell-212 chopper back. Aircrafts are very effective way to patrol borders.
Bangladesh need to stop illegal human trafficking, drug smuggling, illegal goods smuggling and other by-passing businesses out-laws having done to evade state taxes. Although, it is late but worthy to have helicopters for Border Guard Bangladesh. Helicopters will enhance BGB’s capabilities to new height.
Besides acquiring helicopters, BGB also expanding the force in numbers of 15000 new recruits. Establishing riverine patrol units with high-speed boats to cover river, char (riverine islands), and marshlands. Future modernization of BGB has being conducted through “BGB Modernization – 2041” program launched by the Government of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Army will buy 3 regiments of NORINCO VT5 light tanks within short time to enhance BA’s mountainous warfare capabilities
Chinese VT5 light main battle tank has been finalized by Bangladesh Army. 2 to 3 regiments will be bought in short-term acquisition process. This tank is designed and manufactured by the NORINCO, China.
As sources confirmed, Bangladesh Army will buy more light tanks from Europe too. VT5 light MBT is a very nimble, has maximum fire power and can operate in mountainous & marshy lands, jungle, riverine areas.
Weapons are a 105mm rifled-main gun, a 12.7mm & a 7.62 mm machine gun. There are a 40mm automatic grenade launcher, too, in the remotely-controlled weapons station.
Bangladesh implementing “Forces Goal -2030” modernization program to upgrade Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force. Under this upgrade process all three main armed forces will be equipped with high-tech advanced military equipment.