Under “Forces Goal – 2030” Bangladesh Navy expanding its submarine force’s capabilities with advanced attack submarines to protect country’s vast maritime boundary.
Bangladesh Navy planning to expand its submarine force by 2020. Chinese S-20/Type 041 Yuan class, German Type 214 or Type 212, Turkish Gur & Reis class submarines are the main competitors. Russia offered its Improved Kilo-class submarines to Dhaka recently. Sources confirmed that Bangladesh Noubahini planning to operate a fleet of at least five attack submarines in near future.
Currently BN searching for advanced, cost effective and quieter attack submarines from various origin. Ultimately one will be selected. Two Chinese Type 053G Ming-class submarines will then serve as training boats and can be deployed for coastal patrol duties.
To monitor and protect country’s vast maritime boundary and its wealth Bangladesh Navy planning to purchase 4–6 more advanced submarines fitted with latest generation surveillance sensor systems.
Bangladesh building a strong “tri-dimensional” naval force to protect the country’s maritime interests in the Bay of Bengal. And for that purpose submarines are the most effective force multiplier solution and Dhaka pursuing that dream actively.
Bangladesh Army has 2500-3000 ATGMs & rockets in its current inventory and evaluating for a new ATGM for its anti-tank force.
Bangladesh Army ATGM inventory consists of 3 types of missiles and a rocket & gun system too. Currently BA deployed Kornet-E, Metis-M1 & HJ-8 Anti-tank guided missiles & PF98 Anti-tank rockets to deter against any mechanized infantry invasion. Russian missiles are much effective against main battle tank.
Anti-tank force is a vital part of any army’s artillery force. Bangladesh currently beefing up its anti-tank warfare force with second and third generation ATGMs. Currently three types of ATGM and an ATW rocket + one anti-tank gun system are in active service with Bangladesh Army.
Bangladesh Armed Forces being upgraded under “Forces Goal — 2030” along with its command formation system and advanced military equipment. Army got 44 MBT-2000 main battle tanks almost one and half decade ago. Now they got Nora B-52K1 self-propelled howitzer guns, surface-to-air missile systems, C295W military transport aircraft, Mi-171Sh armed combat helicopters, and many more.
Bangladesh Army is the largest force of the armed forces of the country. It is tasked to defend country’s sovereignty over any situation. And they’re doing so. BA also keeping their footprints in world peace process for many decades. Thousands of Bangladeshi troops are deployed overseas in UN peace keeping missions.
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.
Saudi led GCC countries cuts tie with Qatar to punish Doha, after that tension heightening constantly amid which Qatar orederd US weapons worth $12 billion.
Qatar signed a $12 billion defense deal with USA to buy 36 Boeing made F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jets for Qatar Emiri Air Force. Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries includes Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain cuts tie with Doha and accused the country for supporting extremists.
In last November Boeing and Doha agreed on a deal for 72 F-15 fighter jets. Somehow that deal wasn’t materialized. US officials told the media that this defense tie with Qatar will enhance interoperability among these two nation for security and other issues. However, US military’s largest base is located near Doha, Qatar’s capital city.
Qatar denied allegations and stand firm against GCC countries. Amid crisis Iran and Turkey supporting Qatar and providing help. Iran sends drinking water, food items and other daily commodities for which Qatar was dependent of those GCC countries for long. Kuwaiti Amir trying to resolve the issue. Turkish president Erdogan also talks in favor of Qatar and providing troops to prevent any GCC invasion in the Emiri state in Persian Gulf.
In last May during U.S. President Donald trump’s visit, Saudi Arabian king Salman bin Abdul Aziz arranged a summit hosting most of the Muslim leaders and with US delegation to strengthen Saudi’s effort to gain more support from Washington. Recently there are other Muslim countries like Turkey, Qatar, and Iran gaining their influence over in respective ideologies. But very recent feud between Qatar and other gulf Arab countries fuels new tension across the region as well as other Muslim countries. Pakistan decided to stay neutral over this tension as Islamabad enjoys brotherly relations with the both.
Qatar’s new deal with USA for defense equipment and cooperation is sign that United States not going to infuriate this tension further, at least, not pentagon.
More modern guided missile frigates coming to Bangladesh Navy until the Chinese Type 054 air defence frigates be inducted into the fleet, those will be built at Chittagong Dry Dock with Chinese technical help
Two Chinese Navy multirole frigates will be inducted by Bangladesh Navy in 2018. Maybe Type 053H3 or Type 054 are coming to BN. Bangladesh increasing its naval fire power faster to protect total 118,813 square km of sea waters. China helping Bangladesh to build a formidable navy in the Bay of Bengal.
Bangladesh seeks more modern air-defence frigates and capable littoral combat warships. And those ships should be built locally in Khulna Shipyard and or in Chittagong Dry Dock Limited. This will give commercial off-set to Bangladesh.
In future Bangladesh Navy will be the second largest powerful navy with large fleet of surface combatants in the South Asia and one of the most powerful in Asia. Naval aviation with Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) is being shaped and sub-surface force started its journey with two chinese submarines.
Bangladesh has to protect it maritime boundary from illegal fishing, illegal human trafficking, drugs & goods smuggling through naval route from Burma. Large portion of drugs smuggled in Bangladesh from burma through Bay of Bengal.
There are plenty of hydrocarbons under the sea bed of the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh got its right to explore those non-living marine assets from continental shelf. Previously in 2008 myanmar navy sneaked into Bangladeshi territorial waters and started to survey for hydrocarbon resources. Bangladesh navy goes on and made Burmese ran away. After that Bangladesh Navy decided to enhance its naval power with various types of naval platforms. According to some credible sources, Bangladesh going to build Chinese PLAN Type 056 Jiangdao class stealth ASW corvettes in Khulna Shipyard and PLAN PLAN Type 054A Jiangkai II multipurpose guided missile stealth frigates in Chittagong Dry Dock Limited for BN.
When the ships will be inducted into the fleet Bangladesh Navy will be the second largest surface combatant force in the South Asia and one of the most powerful navy in Asia. Yet those planning to come into fruition, though, Bangladesh expanding naval force very rapidly with high-tech equipment.
Bangladesh ordered two Leonardo Finmeccanica AW159 Wildcat last year to boost its navy’s ASW, ASuW capabilities to protect the maritime boundary and its marine assets
Bangladesh Navy will get AW159 Wildcat Helicopters in last of 2017. Bangladesh modernizing its armed forces under the “Forces Goal – 2030” upgradation program.
This helicopter has Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Over-The-Horizon-Targeting (OTHT) capabilities. AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat has been in operational with British Royal Navy, Royal Army, South Korean Military, & Philippines Navy.
Bangladesh Navy is also operating two Dornier Do-228NG Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Germany. Two AW109 SAR helicopters built by the Italian Leonardo Company.
Bangladesh will also get some few utility and ASW helicopters soon.
China has been the major weapons & military hardware supplier of Bangladesh for long, where recently india offered some training & small arms. Delhi pressurized Dhaka to accept the their loan and other offers which generals in of Bangladesh Armed Forces rejected
China giving $1 billion to Bangladesh Air Force to buy Chengdu J-10B, Y-20 heavy lift transport aircraft and many more. A Russian blog and East Pendulum twitter account tweeted that Bangladesh and China negotiating each-other for $1 bn arms deal almost all of which is related to aircrafts. China offered 16 Chengdu J-10B, 1 Xian Y-20 heavy lift military transport aircraft, 1 Shaanxi KJ-200 AEW&C aircraft, and 7 K-8W Karakorum intermediate jet trainer aircrafts to Bangladesh Air Force.
China trying to counter india’s $500 million loan to Bangladesh to buy Russian weapons. It is now prestige issue for Beijing to maintain high-ground regarding Dhaka. Delhi offered military training, arms and other supports during indian defense minister monohor porikar’s Dhaka visit, which Bangladesh Armed Forces rejected then.
Still this is a rumor, though, experts believe that what is rumored regarding China-Bangladesh military dealings is true. Because previously Bangladesh bought Chinese fighter trainers to train BAF’s combat pilots. Many Bangladeshi pilots got training in China for flying J-10 fighter jets. And this is expected for many days that BAF would buy Chengdu J-10B jets in some number.
As BAF currently operating Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules medium transport aircrafts and need a bigger one, they choose newly developed Chinese heavy lift Y-20 military transport aircraft which is analogous to American C-17 Globemaster III.