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How powerful Bangladesh Air Force’s Mi35M is will be!

Earlier BAF planned to buy six Russian Helicopters Mi-35M multipurpose attack helicopters. Currently there’s no dedicated attack choppers not in the Bangladesh Air Force or Bangladesh Army. This will be the first.

Here we analyzed about the Mi-35M’s combat payloads and other operational capabilities. This helicopter can carry 2400 kg external weight with under-fuselage sling. It can also carry 8 fully geared troops as well as can operate medical evacuation missions.

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Bangladesh Air Force BUYING Mi-35M Attack Helicopter

Bangladesh Air Force decided to buy Russian Helicopter’s Mi-35M Hind-E attack helicopters
Bangladesh Air Force finalized a deal to buy Mi-35M Hind-E attack helicopter for direct fire support or close air support to ground force

Bangladesh Air Force decided to buy Russian Mi-35M multipurpose attack helicopter.

Mi-35M is the export version of the Mil Mi-24, is a twin engine attack chopper. It can carry 2400kg of various armaments payload. This variant is equipped with all the latest avionics package. This is a night attack version, featuring night vision systems, electro-optical range finder/targeting system, GLONASS/GPS navigation system, onboard computer, electronic multifunction displays and jam-proof communications equipment for better operational capabilities.

Neither Bangladesh Air Force nor Bangladesh Army currently operate any dedicated attack helicopter. Mi-35M can carry 8 fully geared troops and can conduct medical evacuation missions too. This is a truly multipurpose helicopter. Initially six Mi-35 will be bought for the BAF. The deal yet to be signed.

Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Air Force needs a dedicated attack helicopter platform as soon as possible. Attack choppers are the main fighting tool against enemy mechanized movements. Currently Bangladesh Army & Air Force operating Russian Mi-171Sh combat support helicopters only. These helicopters has handsome fire power but don’t have the capabilities as an attack helicopter has.

Mi-35M is an upgraded variant of the Mi-35. It has all latest avionics, more efficient combat capabilities, better situational awareness, lesser maintenance. Its multirole mission capabilities will provide dedicated attack, troops transport in the forward bases or conflict zones and will carry wounded soldiers back to the safe position.

Earlier Bangladesh Army expressed their interests to buy Russian Helicopters’ Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopter but no progress has been made. In the same time Turkey, Italy & China offered their attack helicopter models to Bangladesh. However, BA will select the option that best serves the country’s interests.

Bangladesh SWITCHING From China-Russia For Military Equipments: Dhaka Wants To Buy From Turkey

Bangladesh Armed Forces showed keen interest to buy Turkish made defense equipment includes TAI Hurkus basic trainer, TAI T129 ATAK attack helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles
Bangladesh modernizing its armed forces to meet the challenge of the 21st century security situation hence buying modern defense hardware from various countries including turkey

Bangladesh wants TAI Hurkus basic trainer aircraft, TAI T129 ATAK helicopter and Anka or Bayraktar TB2 UAVs.

Government of Bangladesh interest to buy Turkish manufactured defense hardware. Hurkus is a basic trainer aircraft intended for primary pilot training. Bangladesh Army searching for a suitable attack helicopter option whereas turkey’s T129 ATAK attack helicopter is a contender too. And, Bangladesh wants build a handsome fleet of unmanned aerial systems fleet to better monitor adverse weather conditions as it is a disaster prone country. Drones are effective tool to monitor advance flood situation, SAR missions after cyclone, flood and other natural calamities.

Bangladesh Armed Forces sometimes opts for Turkish defense products as those are cheaper than same western ones. Recently turkey developed some decent military equipment like T129 attack helicopter, TAI Anka unmanned aerial vehicle and many armored combat vehicles. Ministry of Defence wants to increase Bangladesh military strength in new level to ensure country’s national security.

Turkey is a Muslim nation which has the most sophisticated military equipment manufacturing technology. Most of the Turkish defense companies obtained their technologies from the west through joint-venture or bought the whole manufacturing license. Recently Ankara pushed for greater defense exports. And, offering those military toys to other Muslim and friendly countries. They have a wide array of highly advanced defense products ranging from land weapons systems, naval warships and submarines and aerial weapons platforms.

Bangladesh wants to diversify her defense products acquisition sources beyond Russia and China. In regards, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia and Egypt could be viable sources. As another Muslim nation Bangladesh could get some ease to buy from them without any obstacles. Hence Bangladesh’s interests in Turkish TAI Hurkus, T129 ATAK attack helicopter, Anka UAV and other defense hardware is a sign of growing military relations between the nations. We hope these relations will grow more and a strong brotherly relation will be sealed forever.

Italy Offered A129 Helicopter to Bangladesh Army

Bangladesh Army getting offer for its Attack Chopper acquisition program from various sources includes Italian Leonardo Company with its A129 International attack helicopter

Bangladesh Army attack helicopter procurement, Leonardo A129 is an option.

Italian defense equipment manufacturer Leonardo Company offered it A129 International attack helicopter to Bangladesh Army. Attack helicopters are modern army’s aerial warfare backbone and Leonardo’s A129 combat helicopter is one of the most sophisticated chopper in its class.

It is a combat proven platform. A129 also dubbed as AW129, sometimes. Italian Army operating 59 of them and deployed worldwide operations. This attack helo can operate in hot desert conditions, cold weather, and tropical humid weather. If Bangladesh Army go for A129 then they can get logistics, training, maintenance and spare supports easily.

Bangladesh Army buying Russian Mi-28 or Mi-35 Attack Helicopter for its Army Aviation Group (AAG)’s Anti-Armor Warfare

Bangladesh Army buying Russian Mi-28 or Mi-35 Attack Helicopter for its Army Aviation Group (AAG)’s Anti-Armor Warfare. Bangladesh Army modernizing its forces’ power and acquiring most advanced modern weaponry & other military equipment such as C-295W aircraft, Mi-171Sh chopper, Nora B-52K SPG and now Mi-35/Mi-28 attack helicopter under the “Force Goal-2030” modernization program.

Bangladesh Army going to buy Russian Mi-28NM or Mi-35M attack helicopter soon.

Recently Russian Helicopters supplied 6 Mi-171Sh combat transport helicopters to Bangladesh ordered previously. Attack helicopters are the dedicated combat platforms used in the battlefield to provide fire support to the forward forces.

Bangladesh Army Aviation Group (AAG) building an independent air arm to execute its own air operations across the country and to reduce pressure on Bangladesh Air Force for fire support. Already BA has inducted various types of aircrafts including fixed-wing and rotary-wing. Previously they ordered Spanish made EADS CASA C295W medium lift military transport aircraft. Took delivery of 6 Mi-171Sh helicopters. Now ordering brand new dedicated attack choppers from Russia.

Before narrowing down the list Bangladesh Army (BA) has studied American AH-1Z Viper, Turkish TAI T129 ATAK and Chinese Z-10 attack helicopters.

Bangladesh has to protect herself from evil eyes on her peoples and resources. On the context of regional extremism uprising and insurgency in a low intensity it’s worthy to be prepared for any unexpected security scenario within or from external sources. Although, these security concerns Bangladesh must modernize its military with most advanced equipment available. Hence, government and armed forces prepared the “Forces Goal – 2030” modernizing program for the Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force. Under this program BA bought various weapons and equipment from various sources. Among them Nora B-52K1 SPG, BTR-80 APCs, MBT-2000 Tank, Multiple Launch Rocket Systems, Anti-Tank Guided Missiles, Mi-171Sh helicopters, FM-90B SHORAD, LY-80E Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile system, new assault rifle, Chinese Man Portable Air Defense System (MANADS) etc.

As Bangladesh got a large portion of its border surrounded by plain landscape and aggressor’s mechanized and armored infantry can penetrate through, hence a dedicated attack helicopter with handsome anti-armor firepower is a must needed thing to bolster the security. On the other hand these helicopters can be used in anti-insurgency and counterterrorism operations too. For this requirement Bangladesh Senabahini evaluated various platforms includes American Bell AH-1Z Viper, Turkish Aerospace Industries TAI T129 ATAK, Chinese Change WZ-10, and Russian Mi-35M & Mi-28NM. Among them army narrowed down the list to the Mi-35M & Mi-28NM.

As Bangladesh already operating a combat and transport helicopter like Mi171Sh it’s expected that they would buy Mi-28 attack chopper for the role. As still it’s not decided, we must wait to see what happen next!

Bangladesh Army Received Mi-171Sh Military Helicopters from Russian Helicopters JSC Armed with ATGM, Bombs, Missiles & Rockets-2017

Bangladesh Army received Mi-171Sh combat helicopters from Russia, which are armed assault export version of the Mi-8AMT. These choppers are armed for the combat roles and equipped with multirole capable avionics & other systems too.

Bangladesh Army received Mi-171Sh combat helicopters from Russia, which are armed assault export version of the Mi-8AMT. These choppers are armed for the combat roles and equipped with multirole capable avionics & other systems too.
http://www.russianhelicopters.aero/en/press/news/Russian+Helicopters+delivers+five+Mi-171Sh+helicopters+to+Bangladesh/
On the other hand, Bangladesh Air Force also operating 33 examples of the rotary-wing aircraft from the Russian Helicopters, a company of the state owned Rostec Corporation. This specific version has been derived from the Mil Mi-8AMT and being promoted worldwide from 2000. Russian Air Force has operating such 40 units which are armed with various weapons systems.
Bangladesh Senabahini will use these Mi-171Sh helicopters for various utility and combat roles. Relief and rescue missions during natural disaster & calamities are the main among civilian uses. They’ll also lease these aerial platforms in the United Nation Peace Keeping Missions too.
The upgraded version comes with modern advanced avionics, armaments same as Mi-24 attack helicopters, one new weather radar, rear ramp, hardened armor plates on outside of the cockpit and engines.

Watch on Video: History of Bangladesh Army Aviation Group and Its Current Aircraft-2017

Here you can watch which aircrafts Bangladesh Army Aviation group operates in 2017

Bangladesh Army Aviation Group is the Air Arm of Bangladesh Army. The AAG is responsible for military air operations, such as troops & supply delivery in the conflict zones, search and rescue ops, surveillance, and disaster managements and conducts relief operations during natural calamities etc. After the formation in 1978 it was named Army Aviation Squadron which was named then Army Aviation Wing, as after expansion to the Wing level.

When in 1990 it was expanded to the level of a group strength then it named Army Aviation Group. Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh trained its pilots for long time and assists it. For maintenance and related other jobs had been done by the personnel from Bangladesh Air Force. And then the “801 Army aviation maintenance unit” was established and army came up with its own maintenance unit with its own personnel. Currently the AAG has a strength of more than 100 with 30+ well-trained pilots.

Bangladesh Army Aviation Group currently operating almost 20 rotary 7 fixed-winged aircraft includes medium military transport aircraft and modified heavy combat helicopter gunships.

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