Bangladesh Armed Forces in UN Peace Support Missions

Bangladesh participating in the United Nations Peace Support Operations since 1988. Along with the three Armed Forces of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Police also actively participating.

There are hundreds of such missions has been successfully completed. Currently almost 6000 soldiers & officers from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force are deployed in 11 UNPKO in 5 countries.


Bangladesh Army Female Soldiers

Bangladesh Army opens the door for women officers & soldiers in 2000. It was a great decision to empower capable Bangladeshi females who wants to be the part of the country’s defenders.

Currently there are many posts and ranks filled by the Bangladeshi women in the Bangladesh Army. This TVC encouraging many young women of Bangladesh to come to join the armed forces services.

Bangladesh Army Took Delivery of First Batch of Cobra II LAV

Bangladesh Army took delivery of Turkish Otokar made latest Cobra II Light Armored Vehicle.
An unknown number Cobra 2 LAV has been delivered to the Bangladesh Army in last year’s November.

Bangladesh Army Took Delivery of Cobra II LAV.

Cobra is an Otokar development mainly for Turkish Land Forces. Turkey exported it to various other countries too. Latest advanced variant is the Cobra II which includes a variety of vehicles. Bangladesh Army bought Cobra I as well as Cobra II LAV version.

This light armored vehicles (LAVs) has been leased in the United Nations Peace Keeping Missions in Africa. BD Army’s Cobra II LAVs has fitted with a remote weapon station features a 12.7mm machine gun along with automatic grenade launcher. A short range SAM system or ATGMs can also be added in the rooftop of this combat vehicle.

Bangladesh Army ordered this vehicle as a commercial-off-the-shelf order to meet the urgent requirement. Initially 150-200 units has been bought to deploy in the UNPK missions. Later, more units will be ordered to equip the mechanized brigades.

Recently Bangladesh-Turkey defense relations growing than ever. Bangladesh buying military equipment from Turkey in a greater extent. Previously Bangladesh Army & Police bought Cobra I APCs. So later selection of Cobra II LAV was based on previous user experiences. Turkey has a wide range of defense equipment and weapons systems which are latest development and currently being mass produced. Bangladesh can benefitted from Turkey’s defense industries in long term. And, Ankara fully supporting Bangladesh’s stance over myanmar’s Rohingya genocide.

So, it can be assumed that Bangladesh-Turkey military and economic relation will grow by time. We’ll see more defense procurement by Bangladesh from Turkey. Joint-ventures can be formed to lower the development costs and engage both country’s defense industries which will share knowledge.

Ballistic Missiles For Bangladesh Army!

Bangladesh Army developing short-range tactical ballistic missiles in home to ensure national security.
Bangladesh is a peace loving country, though, to safeguard her sovereignty country developing tactical SRBM.

Bangladesh working to develop Short-Range Ballistic Missiles (SRBMs) to safeguard its sovereignty and peace in the region. Military sources claim that the project being proceeded with following all international regulations & laws. As a peace lover nation Bangladeshis has reputation to long serve in the United Nations Peace Keeping Missions abroad. But the Government of Bangladesh decided to have some deterrent power to maintain peace and stability of the country as well as in the region. Some recent regional incidents make Bangladesh Armed Forces to acquire such deterrence capabilities.

Still it is not known the name of the program or any other details about the weapons system. But it’s obvious that Bangladesh needs foreign assistances to make this project successful. The country don’t have any such industrial capabilities in public sector. So, the whole program being conducted under the BOF supervision. The exact range and payloads is completely secret. It’s a strong guess that China helping Bangladesh in the respective sector. For more information we must wait for few more months.

Burma has some decades old North Korean Hwasong-6 short range ballistic missiles. As per Wikipedia burmese army has 6-8 such missile. The CEP of those Hwasong-6 missiles are 500 meter to 1000 meter. But it still can pose a threat to the civilian casualties. Hence, Bangladesh must have her own systems to kill burmese threat. Besides burmese threats Bangladeshi tactical SRBMs will increase country’s deterrent power.

A joint-venture between Bangladesh and China will evade most sanctions and controversy as Bangladesh Armed Forces is a defensive force to ensure country’s sovereignty over any foreign aggression. It’ll also help to maintain peace in the region while myanmar posing a great risk of outbreak an unacceptable war. So, Bangladesh’s decision to make Short-Range Ballistic Missiles is a great initiative.

Guided WEAPONS Inventory of Bangladesh Air Force

Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has mainly Chinese & Russian laser & precision guided munitions (PGM) inventory.
PGMs of BAF are mainly laser, satellite & TV guided munitions bought from Russia & China along with the combat jets.

Laser and satellite guided munitions of the Bangladesh Air Force.

BAF aircrafts deployed mainly Russian & Chinese precision guided munitions (PGMs). PGMs are those aerial munitions which are guided by the laser, satellite & TV guidance systems. These guided munitions are mostly bought along with Russian Mig-29 & Yak-130s, and from China those were came to the Bangladesh Air Force’s inventory with Chinese F-7BGI, K-8W Karakorum and A-5 Fantan fighter jets.

BAF has 250 kg KAB-250LG & 500 kg KAB-500L Russian laser and satellite guided weapons. While Chinese LS and LT series are in active service.

Precision Guided Munitions are used in ground/surface strikes. From low value to high value targets can be destroyed by these weapons. There are various category of PGMs depending on its guidance systems, weights, range etc. Normally these are LGB (Laser Guided Bomb), Satellite Guided Bomb, TV Guided Bomb and unguided free-fall bombs. Some ground strike weapons, other than air-to-ground-missiles (AGMs), has much greater range which termed as Standoff Weapon (SOW). Bangladesh Air Force don’t have SOW but long range PGMs are in service.

A handsome PGM inventory is such a capabilities for any air force that can’t be ruled out. If any clash between Bangladesh & myanmar erupts then these advanced bombs will do many things. BAF can conduct preemptive strike inside burma near Bangladesh border. They can use these bombs to demolish burmese military installations, army barracks, myanmar air force runways and many more.

As road networks in Arakan (a.k.a. rakhine state) are not well developed hence destroying the existing land communications and airports will give huge advantage to Bangladesh Military over burma. Due to Rohingya genocide issue Dhaka wants to punish myanmar in all fronts, from diplomatic and military aspects. Armed Forces of Bangladesh prepared to thwart any myanmar aggression and to give a befitting reply that burmese nation couldn’t forget. On the other hand Bangladesh Army also increasing its long-range fire power too.

Recently Bangladesh ordered an unknown number of PGMs from both Russia and China. And, more such long-range weapons will come along with the much awaited MRCAs of Bangladesh Air Force. Currently Dhaka negotiating with Moscow to buy a squadron of Mig-35 Fulcrum-F medium range multirole fighter jets which will be assembled in Bangabandhu Aeronautical Complex (BAC). BAF also planned to manufacture/assemble such aerial weapons systems in home at BAC.

Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory: Where Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Will Be Built

Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) is the country’s largest automobile industry managed by the Bangladesh Army producing military vehicles for armed forces

Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory or BMTF is an automobile manufacturing/assembly industry managed by the Bangladesh Army. This state owned commercial venture is primarily tasked to produce various types of military vehicles for Bangladesh Armed Forces. Troop trucks, staff cars, jeeps etc. are being assembled in BMTF. It’s also manufacturing some soldiers’ gears and other materials for Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Air Force and Bangladesh Navy.

BMTF setting up a plant to produce Armored Personnel Carriers and launcher vehicles for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems that will be assembled in Bangladesh. For this negotiation is ongoing with China Sinotruck and Taian Special Vehicle Company Ltd. BMTF is the largest venture in Bangladesh in its category. It also produces various agricultural equipment, energy saving lamps, leather items for soldiers and steel structures.

Bangladesh needs to build her own military industries rapidly to cope up with the security threats emerging in the region. Burma playing dirty with enormous aggressiveness. Burmese military trying to make Bangladesh unstable by provoking in the border and by the genocide of Rohingya ethnicity. China, israel, india backing burmese killer military and civilian leaderships from the behind. There’s no real friend in the international diplomacy, except one saving their very own interests themselves.

Bangladesh’s main export gateway is situated in Chittagong region, that’s mean Chittagong Sea Port. It must be secured whit the utmost importance to it. Bangladesh can’t rely on foreign suppliers for all her defense equipment, rather have to build an indigenous supply line. Hence, Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory bears a great importance in regards of country’s security issues. It has strategic implications not only in terms of defense equipment but also it’ll save large amount of foreign currencies and will give a positive contribution to the country’s economy. Various number of employment in civil-military paradigm has been created and more shall be.

In the conclusion, Bangladesh Army’s efforts to build/manufacture defense equipment and goods in home is a positive step in various ways. It would save our money, improve our industrial base, create jobs, and make us independent to acquiring military hardware.

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

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.