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”.

Bangladesh Army Going To Manufacture Advanced Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System In Home (Bangladesh)

Government decided to build an indigenous defense industries to produce high-tech military equipment and thus, Bangladesh Army started a project to manufacture GMLRS in home.

Bangladesh Ordinance Factory (BOF) and Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) jointly will assemble “Guided-Multiple Launch Rocket System” (GMLRS) for the Bangladesh Army.

Primarily medium range MLRS will be assembled under license from some Chinese manufacturer. And for this purpose army has started to negotiate with several Chinese military vehicle manufacturers for suitable launcher vehicle.

Bangladesh Armed Forces finalized a modernization plan dubbed as “Forces Goal – 2030”. Under this plan Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force started purchasing various military equipment. And initiated various defense program to produce possible military hardware in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Army assembling Man Portable Air Defence Systems in Bangladesh Ordinance Factory (BOF). Next is “Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System” (GMLRS). One of the sophisticated Chinese MLRS which is widely used by the PLA going to be assembled under license from China. BMTF discussing with Chinese military vehicle manufacturer Sinotruck and Taian for a heavy duty military truck suitable for multi-barrel rocket launchers.

Bangladesh Army’s next target to build Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) in Bangladesh.

HOW POWERFUL Bangladesh Army’s Anti-Tank Guided Missile Inventory?

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 Army Studied Russian Pantsir S1 Surface-to-Air Missile/Gun System to Secure Military & Civil Installations

Bangladesh Army (BA) will buy Russian Pantsir S1 Surface-to-Air Missile Gun system.

Bangladesh Military power increasing by acquiring most advanced weapons systems. Bangladesh Air Force already deployed Chinese FM-90B SHORAD system. Russian Pantsir S1 is an incredible air defense system which will boost Bangladesh’s defense capabilities.

Low to extremely low flying aerial targets can be engaged with high probabilities of hit by this SAM system.  Pantsir S1 can detect, track and hit aircrafts, helicopters, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, UAVs etc. It has a limited capabilities to engage ground targets too. This SAM system can fire some armor-piercing projectiles.

The 30mm dual cannon designed from the aircraft gun and its rounds has a maximum range of 4km while minimum is 2 meter. This dual gun system has firing speed of 5000 rpm and can carry 1400 rounds in its cell and it’s fully automated.

Russian Air Defense Forces and Aerospace Forces has deployed the Pantsir System. Until 2014, reports said that 200 Pantsir S1 surface-to-air missile and gun system has been delivered to the Russian Armed Forces.

Besides Russia Pantsir S1 SAM batteries has been deployed by the armed forces of Algeria, Brazil, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Oman, Syria, UAE, Vietnam. If Bangladesh Army acquire this system it would be a great leap forward to build a formidable air defense force to protect our national interests and ensure our national security.

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!

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Security: Special Security Force of Bangladesh (SSF)

Bangladesh’s Special Security Force is one of the most Capable, Smart, Fast, Lethal & Deadly for Enemy Who’re Tasked to Protect VVIPs of the Country or High Profile Guests Visits Bangladesh for State Invitation

Special Security Force, Bangladesh is a law enforcement agency which is tasked with to protect prime minister, president and foreign dignitaries to visit the country. It was founded in 1986 as the President Guards Regiment or PGR. This force comprised of Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Air Force, Bangladesh Navy, Police, Border Guard Bangladesh and from other para military forces.

Special Security Force (SSF) has been trained in the European Security Academy (ESA) in Poland. Which training includes how to response promptly in any unexpected and non-conventional threats against high profile entities of the state. Agents of SSF are capable of use any types of weapons and small arms available and have been trained to repulse any terror attacks.

The mission of SSF is to provide physical security to the President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh. They also provide protocol to any person designated as VIP by the Government of Bangladesh. SSF operates in coordination with civil administration, security and intelligence organizations to prevent as well as protect VIPs from any threats. SSF is only accountable to the Prime Minister according to the parliamentary system. This LEA also responsible for the security of VIPs’ offices and residences.

Firstly, it was named as Presidential Security Force (PSF) when formed on 15 June 1986. But later with the introduction of Parliamentary Government System in Bangladesh, the force was renamed as Special Security Force on 27 September 1991. It is headquartered in Dhaka.