Bangladesh Navy to buy Airbus Defense CASA C295 Armed MPA aircraft for anti-submarine warfare missions
Reportedly Bangladesh Navy (BN) going to buy Airbus C295 Armed Maritime Patrol Aircraft for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) missions. Previously Bangladesh Army bought one C295W tactical transport version. Recently published news showed that BN has selected Leonardo SeaSpray AESA for its two upcoming Dornier Do-228NG MPAs.
C295 AMPA is a multirole ASW and maritime surveillance aircraft builds Airbus Defense & Space. Spanish CASA (now is a part of Airbus) manufactures it. This armed maritime aircraft has six hardpoints under its wing, which can carry anti-ship missiles and torpedoes. C295 can engage both surface warships and submarines. It has a pretty good range to monitor the seas. How many Bangladesh Navy would buy it’s not clear now.
Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Navy both are working jointly to make sure the security of the country’s coastal areas from any aggressor’s misadventures. Especially from burma. Burma’s recent airspace violations were heinous act of aggression. Due to the lacking of the Bangladesh Air Force’s air power, Bangladesh Army restrained from teaching myanmar a very hard lesson that would burma’s next generation would remember with fear.
Due to burma’s recent show of aggressive postures, Bangladesh decided to buildup massive military power to thwart burmese bad dreams. This C295 AMPA has a very good reputation for its long term of service. It is a reliable platform. C295 can carry a variety of weapons includes MBDA Marte-MK2N anti-ship missiles, heavy torpedoes, mines. Any surface warship or submarine of enemy forces must be count thousand times to enter Bangladesh’s territorial water bodies.
Besides AMPA Bangladesh Navy buying two more advanced Chinese attack submarines. More small navy vessels are going to be inducted within next two years alongside large displacement surface warships. By these acquisitions, Bangladesh Navy would be South Asia’s second biggest naval force and one of the largest in Asia.
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.
Bangladesh Navy Anti-Ship Missile Inventory Comprised Of C-802A, Otomat Mk2 Block-IV, C-704 and SY-1.
Bangladesh Navy has an inventory of various anti-ship missile of Chinese & Italian origins. These weapon systems are installed on BN warships of various class and sizes. And some of them can be fired from Bangladesh’s upcoming Leonardo Company’s AW159 ASW helicopters too. There are news that latest Chinese C-803 AShM will be featured on BN’s next heavy frigates and stealth corvettes.
Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles are the guided weapons system of any potent navy. To maintain credible presence and protect its EEZ in the Bay of Bengal Bangladesh sought to procure many weapons for her naval force. Along with this aspiration Chinese systems are made their way into our navy which form the main share of such capabilities to date.
Bangladesh Navy’s main long-range anti-ship missile is the Italian Otomat Mk.2 Block-IV which can hit targets at 200km distance. Another long-range AShM is the Chinese C-802A which has been complemented by the Chinese short-range AShM C-704 for littoral operations. Previously China’s SY-1A was the main long-range attacking weapon of BN. It’s been upgraded with modern sensors and radars, but not in “main” weapons of attack in Bangladesh Navy now. It is being hoped that BN’s new Leonardo AW159 Wildcat ASW helicopters will be featured with Otomat Mk.2 Block-IV missiles too. For shorter use weapon Thales Martlet will also come along with the two AW159 Wildcat.
On the other hand, Bangladesh Navy’s anti-air weapons systems are too poor to date. It consists of only Chinese FM-90N which has been derived from the HQ-7A, has very low range and has been installed on few of BN warships. FL-3000N is a CIWS surface-to-air missile with very very low range-altitude. It is came along with the Shadhinota Class corvettes.
However, Italian WASS manufactured A-244S fire-&-forget torpedo system is a decent ASW+ASuW weapon. It is really a weapon of choice with highly advanced technologies.
In the coming years, Bangladesh Navy going to build its latest warships (stealth frigates & corvettes) in home which will feature modern VLS system and naval SAM systems. Experts hoping that those warships’ missile capabilities will be boosted towards an incredible level before this BN doesn’t have. Until then, we must wait to see which systems Bangladesh choose to be installed on her next warships.
Bangladesh Navy increasing its Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities by inducting 2 more Do228NG MPA, and enhancing surveillance & intelligence gathering capabilities too.
Bangladesh Navy (BN) buying 2 more Maritime Patrol Aircraft from German aerospace company Ruag Aviation. Currently Bangladesh operating two Dornier 228NG MPA. Navy BD wants to expand its anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities to protect country’s 1, 18,813 sq. km territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal.
Maritime Patrol Aircrafts are very much effective tool to stop illegal migration, fishing, smuggling and protecting maritime environment from unwanted pollution by merchant ships. This type of plane also helps naval forces to fishermen lives during tornedo, hurricane and other natural disaster inshore and offshore. Hence Bangladesh needs more such planes to protect coastal lives and environment in the Bay of Bengal as it is one of the most cyclone and hurricane prone sea. Surely this new acquisition of the Bangladesh Navy will enhance it capabilities in a greater extent and make ease to conduct surveillance missions over Bangladesh’s EEZ in the sea.
International Maritime Tribunal fixed the issues related to the maritime boundaries between Bangladesh, india and myanmar. Almost all of the Bangladesh’s foreign trades are happened through the Sea-Line-of-Communications (SLOC) of the country. Two ports of Bangladesh hosts many merchant ships across the year. Hence sea routes are very much important for Bangladesh. After Bangladesh Navy’s commissioning of the two Chinese submarines neighboring navies trying a sneak-peak into Bangladeshi territorial water bodies. Moreover, recent time’s increased illegal migration, smuggling from myanmar, illegal fishing of neighboring countries’ fishermen into Bangladeshi waters are to prevented, as the Government of Bangladesh intends. For these reasons, Dhaka wants to increase its surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities over the seas.
For ISR role, Bangladesh Navy previously acquired two German RUAG built Dornier Do 228NG Maritime Patrol Aircrafts. After operating those two, navy ordered two more for the same missions. Bangladesh wants to monitor which ships are passing through. And if they are polluting its territorial water bodies or not! And moreover, Navy needs its eyes over there. For these mission requirements Do 228NGs are the best low-cost solution. It’s easy to maintain, operate and handle. Advanced sensors and equipment enables the aircraft to maintain a datalink to the shore command and being upgraded with associated commands.
Do 228NGs are providing Bangladesh Navy an “eyes of the fleet” purposes. As tri-dimension naval force, Bangladesh Navy going to expand its aerial arm with advanced and modern ASW, utility helicopters soon. It ordered two Leonardo Company’s AW159 & 5 Chinese Harbin Z-9C ASW helicopters too. It seems that Bangladesh in the process of making a real deterrent navy in the coming decade.
Under “Forces Goal – 2030” Bangladesh Navy expanding its submarine force’s capabilities with advanced attack submarines to protect country’s vast maritime boundary.
Bangladesh Navy planning to expand its submarine force by 2020. Chinese S-20/Type 041 Yuan class, German Type 214 or Type 212, Turkish Gur & Reis class submarines are the main competitors. Russia offered its Improved Kilo-class submarines to Dhaka recently. Sources confirmed that Bangladesh Noubahini planning to operate a fleet of at least five attack submarines in near future.
Currently BN searching for advanced, cost effective and quieter attack submarines from various origin. Ultimately one will be selected. Two Chinese Type 053G Ming-class submarines will then serve as training boats and can be deployed for coastal patrol duties.
To monitor and protect country’s vast maritime boundary and its wealth Bangladesh Navy planning to purchase 4–6 more advanced submarines fitted with latest generation surveillance sensor systems.
Bangladesh building a strong “tri-dimensional” naval force to protect the country’s maritime interests in the Bay of Bengal. And for that purpose submarines are the most effective force multiplier solution and Dhaka pursuing that dream actively.
Bangladesh Navy will build Chinese PLAN Type 056 corvettes & Type 054A AAW frigates, before which Type 053H3 Guided Missile Frigates will serve as “stop gap” warships
Bangladesh Navy buying to Chinese Type 053H3 guided missile frigates. These two new ship of BN will serve as “stop gap” warship in the fleet. Bangladesh going to license build PLAN Type 056 Jiangdao-class corvettes and Type 054A multipurpose air-defence missile frigates in home.
Until those very modern advanced warships joins Navy BD, coming two refurbished ships will provide surface combat, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare capabilities to navy. Bangladesh gained a large amount of sea area with exclusive economic exploitation rights, which must be patrolled properly to prevent any asset loss.
After the new build warships’ entry to the fleet Bangladesh Navy will put these two Type 053H3 missile frigates into coastal patrol role. Bangladesh mainly purchasing Chinese naval warships to enhance force’s surface warfare capabilities. Recently BN commissioned two Chinese refurbished Type 035G Ming-class attack submarines into active service and started a new journey of sub-surface force.
Government of Bangladesh guaranteed the armed forces a comprehensive modernization program dubbed as “Forces Goal – 2030”, under which forces expansion and new quality hardware being purchased. Bangladesh Nou Bahini getting huge budget to purchase new warships, maritime airplanes, ASW & utility helicopters, submarines, and new bases are also planned. Country’s biggest naval base is being built at Rabnabad in Patuakhali district in the southern coastal region where, near, also construction for a cantonment for Bangladesh Army also underway.
To build a “Tri-Dimension Naval Force” Bangladesh Govt. providing every possible support to the force. In coming years there will be more modern advanced attack submarines, warships, MPA and other naval assets to patrol over country’s 118590 sq. km of water body in the Bay of Bengal. For coastal defense and patrolling Bangladesh upgrading its Coast Guard too, and acquiring more coast guard ships in various sizes. Recently surfaced news shows that Dhaka acquiring various coast guard and marine security purpose ships from China and japan. Bangladesh Coast Guard has been separated and authorized to policing the vast coastal region.
Within 2030, Bangladesh Navy will be one of the largest and powerful navy of Asia, as speculation goes on. It’ll be the second largest surface combatant operators in South Asia and one of the most formidable in Asia. Bangladesh needs to secure its “sea-line of communications” or SLOC, as most of its overseas trade happens through maritime route in Bay of Bengal and main sea ports are demands full-proof security from conventional/unconventional threats. So, country’s military leadership expecting huge boost in high-tech military hardware purchasing in the coming days. Hope we would be able to publish articles on those issues as information are available to publicly.
Bangladesh Navy now a three-dimensional armed force of the country by operating two Chinese Type 035G Ming-class submarine, which was commissioned in active in last 12 March this year. Bangladesh Navy is constructing a new base at Rabanabad in Patuakhali named BNS Sher-E-Bangla, which will be the country’s largest naval base with submarine berthing and aviation facilities.
Meanwhile, a separate submarine base is under construction at Pekua in Cox’s Bazar. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had observed the ceremony and inaugurate the commissioning of these 2 submarine of Bangladesh.
BNS Sheikh Hasina is a new naval base being developed for the Bangladesh Navy. This will be the first full-fledged submarine base of Bangladesh Navy. Sheikh Hasina laid the foundation stone of a submarine base in Pekua in the coastal city of Cox’s Bazar.
China handed over the two Type 035G Ming-class submarines to the Bangladesh Navy on 14 November 2016.