Bangladesh Air Force going to induct Chinese FD-2000 surface-to-air missile system very soon
FD-2000 SAM System is the export designation of the HQ-9 long-range air defense system developed by China will come to the Bangladesh Air Force’s Integrated Air Defense brigade
Bangladesh Air Force going to induct Chinese FD-2000 long-range surface-to-air missile defense system.
This acquisition will be activated just after deployment of the LY-80E medium-range air defense system. BAF currently has no such defensive military equipment rather some FM-90B short-range air defence missile systems in active service. FD-2000 is the export designation of the domestic Chinese version of HQ-9 long-range SAM system. It’s developed by the CPMIEC.
Bangladesh Armed Forces has seeking some affordable and cost-effective air defense systems, which can be integrated into country’s existing air defence command network. BAF previously evaluating some options and choose Chinese one. This SAM platform will be deployed to protect Bangladesh’s important civil-military installations around the country.
This long-range missile defense system has 200km of slant range. Can engage targets up to 27km altitude. Its main search radar can track 100 targets and designate 50 of them. Main fire control radar guide 6 interceptor missiles to hit 6 targets simultaneously. It is very much capable to operate under intensive enemy electronic jamming environment.
FD-2000 SAM system can intercept fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, UAVs as well as cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, air-to-ground missiles and stand-off range precision guided bombs too. Search and tracking radars have anti-stealth capabilities to track & shoot down stealth aircrafts.
In recent aggressive posture of the burmese military near Bangladeshi border has rattled the thoughts of military leaderships in Dhaka. Bangladesh Army was fully prepared to strike into burmese territory due their violations of international laws and diplomatic gestures. Hundreds of thousands innocent Rohingya peoples has been murdered by the military junta of myanmar. Almost 1 million of them fled to Bangladesh to save their life. Burma clearly committed history’s one of the most brutal genocide against this ethnic minority. General Secretary of the United Nations declared this act as the “text book example of genocide”.
After killing hundred thousands of Rohingya peoples burmese army started to provoke Bangladesh by violating the airspace several times. They frequently did it. Bangladesh Army deployed heavy artillery, troops, combat helicopters, riverine brigades along the burmese border but refrained from order full scale operation due to the absence of an effective air defense system. Bangladesh Air Force’s air power is not enough to give air support for such an operation. Hence army stopped. By analyzing all the recent development in the region Bangladesh harshly felt her needs for long-range, deep coverage surface-to-air missile systems. And now, FD-2000 LRSAM is coming.
Russian Rosobornexport offered Mig-35 which is a 4++ generation fighter jet to the Bangladesh Air Force with full transfer-of-technology
Rosobornexport said they’ll provide transfer-of-technology of Mig-35 fighter jet to Bangladesh which will be manufactured in the Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center in Dhaka
Russia offered Mig-35 fighter jet to Bangladesh Air Force with transfer-of-technology.
Bangladesh Air Force fighter aircraft procurement program gets a new turnover from Su-30SME towards Mig-35. It’s a nothing strange but, amazingly Russians are offering transfer-of-technology to Bangladesh accordingly. This happens when Su-30SME deal stalled due to various reasons. Russian state defense technology exporter Rosobornexport made the offer to Bangladesh.
It is said in the report that, if Bangladesh Air Force buy Mig-35 jets, these will be manufactured in the Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center in Dhaka. An MRO facility also will be established to support maintenance, repair and future upgrade works. Bangladesh needs medium weight long range fighter jets urgently to maintain air power capabilities.
Myanmar progressing their deal for the JF-17 Thunder license building in home. Talks are going on with both developer of the jet, China & Pakistan, simultaneously. Bangladesh must keep a descent number of modern fighter jet fleet to counter any national security issues.
As developer’s claim Mig-35 is a 4++ generation fighter aircraft with full combat efficiency, even with a fifth generation fighter jet. It is a medium weight, multirole combat plane capable of air superiority mission along with precision ground strike and anti-shipping role too. If the deal happens then this project will give Bangladesh defence industry a huge uplift. Recently there are much efforts has been taken to make more defense hardware in home by the Bangladesh Armed Forces.
Not clear how many aircrafts BAF will buy nor what are the details of the proposal. But it’ll be cleared soon, hope so. But, this offer of ToT means Bangladesh Air Force will buy a handsome number of the jet. Making them in home will create opportunities for some high-paying jobs for some of the Bangladeshi aviation engineers too.
Ultimately this deal comes with some potential for Bangladesh in the related sector. On the other side, China too, offering their J-10B light fighter jets to Bangladesh with a $1bn loan. No one knows which BAF will grab. Until then we must wait for the official announcements.
Bangladesh Aeronautical Center is the first of its kind in the country poised to manufacture modern fighter jets for the Bangladesh Air Force
Government established Bangladesh Aeronautical Center (BAC) as the starter of the aviation industry in Bangladesh to reduce dependency on foreign sources for various aviation equipment for civilian and military use.
Bangladesh Air Force’s Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center (BAC) is the country’s first of its kind. This is a Bangladesh Ministry of Defense-owned aerospace defense security and advanced technology venture mainly focusing on avionics, aviation, and high-tech electronics. BAC poised to build modern fighter jets in Bangladesh within next decade. BAC’s work domain includes aircraft design, development & manufacturing, and producing avionics systems for country’s armed forces. Manufacture and maintenance of radar, unmanned aerial vehicle and other defense systems for Bangladesh Army & Bangladesh Navy. It also performs maintenance and overhauling of the civil-military airplanes.
There are strict restriction of exporting any product, technology or services to any foreign party. Bangladesh Air Force is operating and managing all the activities of this aviation industry. BAC is going to make operational an F-7 overhaul plant for BAF’s F-BG+F-7BGI fleet upgradation. Unmanned aerial vehicles will be built in BAC soon. An advanced 4.5th generation fighter jet development/manufacturing program has been planned to be done in BAC. Other allied aviation products like fighter jet spares, civil airplane’s parts, aerial munitions, aviation electronics, ground based radar systems etc. also are the products of BAC.
On the other side of the border myanmar negotiating with China & Pakistan for license building of the CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder in home. It suggests that the JF-17 will be myanmar air force’s main workhorse in the coming days. To maintain technological edge-over against burma Bangladesh must take measures sooner than later to start building/assembling any 4.5th fighter jet in home. It not only helps our air force to build a handsome fleet of modern combat jets as well as also give positive contribution to the country’s economy. BAC has collaborating with Russian Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, JSC Irkut Corporation and Chinese Hongdu Aviation Industry Group. Main products would be_
Aircraft maintenance Helicopter Maintenance Military communications Aerial navigation Defense electronics Missile defense elements UAV systems
Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center has an opportunity to create a high-tech military aviation industry in the guise of BAF’s needs. The intention of BAC is to use indigenous resources and manpower at most. It is now time to come up with all our possibilities to ensure national security and economic strength through local defense equipment manufacturing. After meeting the country’s armed forces needs many military hardware can be exported to the friendly countries to earn more money for the R&D. We hope all the best and perfect for the Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center. We hope we’ll be strong against all odds, in home & abroad. BANGLDESH ZINDABAD.
South Korea offered its K21-105 light tank to Bangladesh Army for their new light weight battle tank program
K21-105 light tank has been designed by the Agency for Defense Development & manufactured by the Hanwha Defense Systems for the Republic of Korean Army with Belgian CMI Defence
South Korea offered its K21-105 Light Tank to Bangladesh Army (BA).
Recently BA has driven for a new type of light battle tank to enhance fire power of the armored divisions. This light tanks will be deployed in the mountainous and jungle areas where most of the heavier main battle tanks can’t operate to various reasons.
South Korean Hanwha Defense Systems manufacturing this tank. K21-105 light tank is based on the K21 infantry fighting vehicle which has been developed by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) of Republic of Korea Government. Basically the K21-105 light tank has been developed by the Doosan DST & CMI Defence of Belgium. It uses the newly developed XC-8 turret by Cockerill (CMI Defence) which increased its direct fire capability. The XC-8 is based on the Cockerill CT-CV 105HP turret and is fitted with a 105 mm or 120 mm gun. This gun can fire 8 rounds per minute.
This 105mm gun can fire all standard NATO rounds for up-to 10 km range in indirect fire mode. It also can fire newly developed smart ammunition at a range of 4km. A 105mm Gun-Launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile can also be fired from this 105mm gun named CMI Defence Cockerill Falarick. This missile can engage heavy armored vehicles beyond 5km range. Falarick missile is laser-guided and capable of penetrate 550mm ERA. This turret has a two-man crew, digital, the gun is fully stabilized, autoloaded and capable of operation in day/night due to NV/Thermal weapon systems. Secondary armament consists of a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun along with an optional roof-mounted 12.7 mm machine gun in a remote weapon station. K21-105 features an advanced fire control system.
K21-105 light tank has a weight of 25 tons and three crew, including commander, gunner, and driver. A 750hp engine powers the tank and has a hydropneumatic suspension and advanced running gear. This tank is moderately armored with automatic fire suppression and NBC protection systems. This tank has amphibious capabilities with full combat loads.
Bangladesh Army seeking a tank that can climb in the hills and run through soft, muddy marshlands as well as can cross rivers. The tank must be very nimble, light, features highly advanced fire control systems. Earlier we learnt Bangladesh Army planners choose Chinese NORINCO VT5 light tank. China PLA deployed VT5 in the Tibetan Plateau after successful exercise conducted in the same region.
VT5 can operate in the height of Tibet and it will surely suitable to operate in the highlands of Bangladesh’s southern parts too. VT5 is an all-rounder light tank to be deployed in the Cox’s Bazaar, Bandarban and other hilly districts in the Chittagong Division. BD Army wants to give burma a befitting response if they misbehave in the border areas. For that BA needs such tanks immediately. It is been reported that Bangladesh will buy 3-regiments of VT5 light tank, though, evaluating the South Korean one.
No one knows whether Bangladesh Army will go for both or only one, but surely its will boost army’s direct fire power in a great level. So, watch out burmese looters.
Chittagong Dry Dock Limited is the third shipyard Bangladesh Navy owns which is planned to build country’s first heavy frigate
The CDDL has been established to do maintenance & repairing of Bangladeshi national flagships and foreign cargo & container vessels those anchored at Chittagong Port
Chittagong Dry Dock Limited will build heavy stealth frigates for the Bangladesh Navy.
CDDL or Chittagong Dry Dock Ltd currently owned by the Bangladesh Navy (BN) established as a complementary to the Chittagong Port Authority under Bangladesh Steel & Engineering Corporation. It was intended to maintenance and repair Bangladeshi flagships & those commercial cargo & container vessels touches Chittagong Port.
In 2015 Government of Bangladesh handed over the CDDL to the BN. After that the navy planned to build heavy frigates, large container vessels and alike. Already CDDL built a cargo vessel. In order to commence building of Bangladesh Navy’s heavy frigate which would be a Chinese design, BN teamed up with Chinese Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co. (CSOC).
Bangladesh Navy slated to have 12-14 such heavy frigates within 2030. And, most importantly they want to build them at home which would commercially-offset a certain portion of money will cost the whole program. This frigate program will create a well number of jobs for local engineers, naval architect and many more. Already Bangladeshi public-private shipbuilders showed successes in building small warships and various sized commercial cargo-container vessels which has been exported to the overseas market like EU.
Chittagong Dry Dock Limited will reduce country’s dependence for the naval ships to foreign shipyards. It also would be a center for maintenance, repair and upgrading hub for such large warships in time. Ultimately, Bangladesh Navy will be the second biggest in South Asia and one of the formidable navy in Asia. For such a big planning country must have a considerable capabilities to design and build warships of her own. Our naval force’s leadership are well aware of that and paving the way for it.
As of now, CDDL undergoing massive expansion and upgradation processes to host building of advanced heavy guided missile frigate. China assisting technologically in this project. The whole project worth billions of dollars, most of which will be spent of manufacturing of the ships. Still now no one knows which types of design has been selected, even if selected, but it’s certain of it that the design will be one of those which are Chinese shipbuilders showing off in various defence expositions around the globe for last some years.
As experts believe, Bangladesh Navy maybe collaborating with Chinese to get a customized design according to their own needs. Hence it would be new type of frigate design based on a Chinese one. But it is sure that the superstructure will be a low-observable, I mean, stealthy one. According to BN’s modernization plan this frigate program will be active within 2018. Until then, no one can confirm the whole program’s details.
Khulna Shipyard Limited is Bangladeshi naval shipbuilding industry owned by the Bangladesh Navy building various warships & cargo vessels
Bangladesh Navy turned Khulna Shipyard into the most efficient naval warship builder for the country
Khulna Shipyard (KSY) Limited was established in 1957 and currently being operated by the Bangladesh Navy. KSY Ltd has built the Durgam-class ASW large patrol craft for BN. After establishment, KSY built and repaired many cargo & container vessels. It also manufacture various steel structures for industry and infrastructure building.
This shipyard was handed over to the Bangladesh Navy in 1999 with a large sum of debt. After 2008 KSY paid all its debt and started making profit. Now it is the largest tax payer in the Khulna divisional region. Products of the KSY Ltd are various cargo vessels, container vessels, firefighting boats, tugboats, submarine tugs, harbor patrolling boats, Padma-class patrol boats, Durgam-class ASW LPCs, floating cranes, tankers, supply ships and some more.
In the coming years, Khulna Shipyard, slated to build stealth corvette for Navy. For this purposes modern facilities are being installed on the yard area. Bangladesh needs to enhance its shipbuilding capabilities to ensure mass employment and growth of the economy. Bangladesh Navy, in the case, paving a great way for other private entrepreneurs to invest in the sector.
Khulna Shipyard Ltd negotiating with china for its Type 056 Jiangdao corvette’s license building in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Navy has a plan to acquire such 14-16 corvettes within 2030 time frame under “Forces Goal-2030” modernization program. Already BN has operating two Type 056 in its active service. On the other side of the border, burmese navy (aka myanmar navy) tryning to destabilize the territorial waters of Bangladesh and burmese army provoking unrest near the border. Dhaka wants to give burma a befitting response and make myanmar nation to remember it with ultimate fear that what Bangladesh can do against her enemies. Hence, Bangladesh Navy needs massive firepower in the sea. Guided missile frigates, stealth corvettes, large patrol crafts and maritime aircrafts along with advanced attack submarines will comprise the force.
Building most of the naval ships in home, KSY can make Bangladesh independent of buying warships from foreign shipyards, which costs much more money and time. On the other hand, domestic industrial base will make our navy strong as well as the economy. Worldwide shipbuilding industry has a value worth $400b yearly. If Bangladesh can grab 1% of them, it would bring huge amount of money which will give our economy a strong position.
Dockyard & Engineering Works (DEW) Limited is the country’s first naval shipbuilding industry building naval warships, cargo vessels & passenger ships for various organizations.
DEW Ltd. was established in 1922 and currently it has been handed over to the Bangladesh Navy for the better & well managed shipbuilding operations after years of losses
Dockyard & Engineering Works Limited or DEW Ltd is a Bangladeshi shipbuilding industry operating by the Bangladesh Navy, located in Narayanganj. This shipyard builds inshore patrol vessels, harbor patrol crafts, coast guard patrol crafts, landing craft utility, landing craft tanks, medium cargo vessels and high-speed boats.
DEW Ltd targeted to build 6,000 DWT ship within 2020. This is the oldest shipyard in Bangladesh, established in 1922. Various types naval ships being built in DEW and in future some larger warships also will built as per the plan.
Bangladesh needs to boost its naval warship building capabilities throughout all the shipbuilding industries the country has. Bangladesh have to protect vast amount of territorial sea waters in the Bay of Bengal. Various types of natural resources like marine fisheries, hydrocarbons may can be a turning point for Bangladesh’s economy. Fishermen from neighboring countries trying steal our fish resources in the area, illegal migrants trying to go through our waters, piracy must be diminished here and ultimately life-line of our economy the “Sea-Line-of-Communications” or SLOCs shall be protected.
Hence Bangladesh Navy must expand its naval warship fleet, left coastal water policing to the Bangladesh Coast Guard and keep the eye on the high seas. For both roles various types of naval ships are needed. Importing those from overseas sources would cost more while building them in country would save a large amount of tax-payers’ money. Besides saving money, a strong and capable shipbuilding industry will give Bangladesh a strength to her economy. This will also create a handsome amount of jobs for almost all types of skilled manpower. Ultimately shipbuilding in Bangladesh will benefit the country for a long period.