Bangladesh Navy: A Growing Tri-Dimensional Naval Force Will Rule The Bay of Bengal In The Coming Decades

Bangladesh Navy Became A Three-Dimensional Naval Force by Inducting 2 Submarine & Maritime Aircrafts into Active Services

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Bangladesh Navy (BN), the naval arm of the country’s armed forces, observing most vigorous odernization processing ever. Government of Bangladesh sought to secure its 118513 sq kilometers of the maritime boundary which thought to be full of maritime resources. In addition, through the Bay of Bengal, country’s main & only maritime trade corridors goes. Bangladesh Navy is subjected to protect the Sea-Lines-Of-Communication (SLOC), hydrocarbon exploration projects, marine fisheries and to stop illegal migration, drug smuggling, piracy and so on.

Bay of Bengal secured its great importance in the growing geopolitical position in the global influential matters. It has also possess a great position of domination in the region. Bangladesh has dwindling small economy with vast population in the world. Though all short comings Govt. wants to establish a full fledged three-dimensional naval force to ensure all required security of its SLOCs and the ultimate security of the country itself. Hence, recently, Dhaka modernizing the navy with greater invest in new and second hand equipment. earlier this year Bangladesh Navy commissioned two refurbished Chinese Ming-class attack submarines and entered into new era of tri-dimensional navy.

In 2011, BN started with its naval aviation wing by inducting two new AgustaWestland AW109E Power utility helicopters and two German RUAG Dornier Do-228NG maritime patrol aircrafts. They also bought four Chinese PLAN Type 056 Corvettes and more will be built in home. Speculation suggests that Chittagong Dry Dock Ltd. preparing to built 4000+ ton displacment heavy frigate with enough anti-air warfare armaments. Experts says that BN has a plan of acquiring 12–14 such high performance frigates in the next decade. Many minor surface ships like Large Patrol Crafts (LPC), Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) and other small sized warships has been built in Khulna Shipyard and more are on pipeline. Within 2030 Bangladesh Navy will be the second largest navy in South Asia and one of the large in Asia. Bangladesh’s plan for a formidable navy will meet its peak then. Other military modernization processes are also being materialized for the army and the air force too.

Increasing FIREPOWER: Bangladesh Army to Buy 105mm Self Propelled Howitzer

Bangladesh Army Requests Offerings of Technical Proposals from Interested Party for Its 105mm Self-Propelled Howitzer Gun Requirement

According to Directorate General Defense Purchase (DGDP) Bangladesh Army going to buy a large number of 105mm self-propelled howitzer cannon from any country who are manufacturing advanced high-tech SPH. Those SPH guns must be capable of firing any NATO standard rounds and should be equipped with ballistic protected crew cabin. DGDP is the purchasing authority of the Bangladesh Armed Forces.

Bangladesh Army will evaluate tracked, wheeled and truck-mounted systems to standardize the gun on country’s terrain and weather condition. How many SPH cannons will be procured it is not still clear, though the number would be large.

Under the “Forces Goal – 2030” Bangladesh Army emphasizes on mobility and fire power. Field artillery is the main firing potential of any army. Hence BA wants to build a handsome regiments of modern advanced self-propelled howitzer guns of various caliber.

Bangladesh Army FUTURE SOLDIER Program

Bangladesh Army Launched “Future Soldier” Program For Modernization of Its Infantry Soldiers War Fighting Capabilities

As the 21st century goes on with all its technological advancement, military equipment’s also getting changed with the prospects of newer one. Bangladesh Army, as other ones, also moving forward with the “Future Soldier” concept to modernize its infantrymen across divisions.

Future Infantrymen Program is nothing but needs huge research and hence demands large budget. Bangladesh hasn’t big military budget, and trying to cope up with already commercially available high-tech equipment that can be part of the program.

These includes high-tech, high performance and robust communication instrument, enhanced weapons like assault rifles, pistols, LMGs, SMGs etc., advanced technology uniforms and some other gears.

Royal Air Force’s Hercules C5s Coming To Bangladesh Air Force

Bangladesh Air Force Purchasing Two C-130J Super Hercules From Royal Air Force of United Kingdom

Recently Bangladesh shopping some high-tech military equipment for its armed forces from across the globe.

Directorate General Defense Purchase (DGDP) overlooks the purchasing processes. Bangladesh Air Force has making a deal with United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force for two of its Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules tactical medium airlifter. Currently BAF operating four Lockheed Martin C-130B/E Hercules and wants some few more.

C-130J Super Hercules is the latest advanced version with an upgraded engine and other advanced systems and sensors. This aircraft has sought huge success in the military transport aircraft market while almost 300 unit has been built various customers.

Bangladesh Air Force acquiring C-130J Super Hercules planes to enhance military air operations under “Forces Goal – 2030”. And, these aircrafts can also be used during any natural disaster management operation as Bangladesh is a highly natural calamities prone country.

Bangladesh Army Buying LARGE Number of Armored Combat Vehicles From Turkey

Bangladesh Senabahini going to build a large Armored Combat Vehicle fleet for swift operational movement by acquiring these 680 Light Armored Vehicles from Turkish defense company

A Turkish defense contractor Delta Defence has been awarded Bangladesh Army’s armored vehicles contract. According to a latest news Directorate General Defense Purchase (DGDP) published a contract that revealed that 680 Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) will be procured for the Bangladesh Army. Among those armored vehicles 600 are Tur-K2 and 80 are Tur-K3, which are based on the Ukrainian Practika designed Kozak-2M 4×4 and Otaman 8×8 armored vehicles respectively.

Bangladesh Army (BA) enhancing troop mobility capabilities to a new level by purchasing various types (air, land and riverine) tactical military transport platforms. BA already operating a large number of Russian & Ukrainian built BTR-80, BTR-82s along with some other APCs. This new APC acquisition is a largest one in BA history which worth $1 billion.

Delta Defence is subjected to delivery first 100 vehicles in 2018, 150 in 2019 and fulfill the whole total 680 within 2021. Within next nine months from the contract signing date Delta Company shall delivery those 80 Otaman 8×8 armored vehicles to the Bangladesh Army.

These LAVs are very much capable to carry 10-12 Special Operations Forces troops to the conflict zone. So, it can be assumed easily that BA would utilize these combat vehicles to fight any asymmetric, non-conventional threat. The land mass of Bangladesh is composed up of soft earth plain where heavy tanks will not be moved swiftly. To fight any war in this terrain medium weight tanks and armored combat vehicles are the best suited ones. Hence Bangladesh Army purchasing more armored military vehicles to increase its mobility capabilities.

Army announced that they are going to manufacture Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) in Bangladesh very soon. Info about the design or model isn’t available yet, though, it is safe to believe that Bangladeshi homemade APC will be of any Chinese or Russian designed one. In the coming years Bangladesh will build many of her weapons and military equipment in home. Processing and steps needed are being taken in due priority.

New RECRUIT: Thousands of Posts Has Been Created In Bangladesh Army’s 10th Infantry Division

Bangladesh Army Created 10+ Thousand Posts of Various Ranks for 10th Infantry Division at Ramu Cantonment in Cox’s Bazar.

10884 new posts has been created in the newly formed 10th Infantry Division. This new division of Bangladesh Army has been raised and established in the Ramu Cantonment in cox’s Bazar. There are 15 ranks among those 10K new posts. This is the southernmost military installation of Bangladesh. There are another cantonment being built at Patuakhali’s Lebukhali area just beside of Bangladesh Navy’s biggest under construction naval base.

All the official procedures for these new posts appointment has been done by the Government of Bangladesh by passing the bill at cabinet meeting. These development will complete in next six fiscal years step by step.

Bangladesh Army has established Cox’s Bazar’s Ramu cantonment to ensure all round security of the country’s vital civil-military infrastructures at there. Pekua submarine base, world’s longest sea beach and many other important things are there in the Cox’s Bazar area of Bangladesh which needs all round protection. On the other side, most of the drugs, illegal migration, smugglings are happened through Teknaf district from myamnmar to Bangladesh which has to be stopped at any cost Dhaka thinks. For all these reasons Bangladesh stationed military there.

These massive recruitment will be completed through six years span due to economical constraints. Among new man power, Army will also buy 1300+ military vehicles for the 10th Infantry Division. Development of the area almost nearing end and all facilities will be available soon. This recruitment is the largest expansion in the terms of man power of the Bangladesh Army. This expansion happening per the “Forces goal -2030”.

Bangladeshi Shipyard Will Build Two Landing Craft Tank (LCT) For Bangladesh Army

Bangladesh Army Awarded Western Marine Shipyard A Contact To Build Two Landing Craft Tank

DGDP, Bangladesh ordered two LCT for Army. These contract was awarded to Western Marine Shipyard Ltd. LCTs are the vessels carry and land main battle tanks, APCs, IFVs, ACVs and many military vehicles. Bangladesh Army’s LCTs can be able to carry 200 soldiers along with 40 officers, while it’s main role of carrying MBTs are 8 in number.

A deal was signed between managing director of WMS and Deputy Director Purchase (Army Wing-1) Col. Chowdhury Fazle Ali. Total program costs around 770 million BDT.

These Landing Craft Tanks are 64 meter in length. Can operate in the stormy shores of Bangladesh and riverine regions too. These vessels will boost Bangladesh Army’s combat operational capabilities into a new height. In future more LCTs will be built in home. Previously such two LCT was built by the Naraynganj Dry Dock Limited for the Bangladesh Navy.

Bangaldesh pushed for an indigenous naval shipbuilding industry. Previously Khulna Shipyard was the sole builder of navy warships, and then NDDL came forward. Now, the good news is that this trend of manufacturing warships comes to the privately owned shipyards of Bangladesh. It will help the country’s economy and reduce reliance on foreign manufacturers.

It is worth to mention that China solely helped Bangladesh to start the modernization of warship building facilities of Bangladeshi shipyards. And they also providing warship designing assistance to us. In future Chittagong Dry Dock Limited goinf to build High Performance heavy frigates in Bangladesh which design and technical assistances will be provided by the Chinese warship builder CSIC.

In the last, but not in least, I want to mention here that Bangladesh Army increasing their tactical military cargo transport capabilities by acquiring new and advanced transport platforms. BA going to receive its biggest military transport aircraft C295W which is now in under trial flights in Spain. Army seeking a parallel transport capabilities in air, land and water. In future more such platforms going to be acquired by the army. Until then enjoy this piece of article.