Bangladesh Army, Navy & Air Force has started historic steps to establish a defense industry sector in country to reduce foreign imports & save hard earned foreign currencies
Bangladesh has a little industrial base for defense equipment manufacturing and assembly. It comprises mostly land systems, small arms, and naval ships. An aviation center has been established but not going further than overhauling, maintenance and repair.
Bangladesh Ordnance Factories, Bangladesh Machine Tools Factories, Dockyard & Engineering Works Limited, Khulna Shipyard Limited, Chittagong Dry Dock Limited and Banghabandhu Aeronautical Center are the only entities in the defense sector.
Government of Bangladesh trying to expand this sector to create more jobs, saving hard earned foreign currencies and ultimately to enhance armed forces’ capabilities to maintain national security.
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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 Special Operations Force SWADS gets training of almost all types of weapons available
Special Warfare Diving And Salvage (SWADS) is the elite commando unit of Bangladesh Navy. SWADS receives various training from USA, South Korea & Turkey. SWADS operating dozens of special warfare small arms, assault rifles, sniper weapons systems, grenade launchers etc. Every SWADS member have to get trained almost all those weapons.
Here is a short list of the weapons SWADS members operating currently:
Colt M4A1 SOPMOD: primary weapon of SWADS
Daewoo K2 assault rifle
Type 56 assault rifle
BD-08 assault rifle
M24 Sniper Weapon System
Heckler & Koch HK416 Squad automatic weapon
M16 assault rifle
M203 grenade launcher
MK 19 automatic grenade launcher
Heckler & Koch MP5 9mm submachine gun
Close Quarter Battle Receiver (CQBR) Carbine, used by SEAL operatives only;
Accuracy International AS50 Sniper Weapon System
Besides these there are some other arms too SWADS can operate if needed.
Bangladesh Navy (BN) SWADS is one of the deadly naval special operations forces around the world. SWADS formation, training and operational styles are as same as U.S. Navy SEALs. Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training of BN SWADS happened in U.S. Navy’s Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado. Average drop rate of SWADS trainee is 95%.
BN also send their SWADS operator for training in Turkey where Turkish Navy’s SAS-SAT trainers trains the further to make them lethal naval commando. Turkish Naval Forces and Bangladesh Navy enjoying brotherly relations due to their warm military historical relations. Turkey also can be a supplier of Spec Ops equipment for BN SWADS.
On the other hand, South Korean UDT/SEAL is also a US Navy SEAL trained special force, who’re too, providing training and weapons for BN SWADS. UDT/SEAL has a very rigorous training process. And, South Korea have developed various Spec Ops Forces equipment for their UDT/SEAL which can be very useful by Bangladeshi SEALs. Among them Daewoo K2 assault rifle is in current SWADS inventory.
Bangladesh Navy SWADS/SEALs are trained by the U.S. Navy SEALs instructors and also got training from Turkey & South Korea
Bangladesh Navy started to form its special warfare team SWADS (Special Warfare Diving And Salvage) in later of the last decade with the direct help of U.S. Navy SEALs. The then U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena actively helped a lot. Formation and training process started in 2008 by the USN SEALs and in 2009 raising of the SWADS team has been announced with 150 naval commandos and 200 divers.
Since then the SWADS teams growing. Screening and training processes are as US Navy Naval Special Warfare Center’s guidelines. Besides United States, Turkey & South Korea also assisting Bangladesh Navy in training of SWADS members.
SWADS’ main tasks are special reconnaissance, direct action, foreign internal defense & unconventional warfare; meanwhile anti-piracy, counter insurgency, counter narcotics, counter terrorism. Covert insertions/extractions. Hostage rescue and personnel recovery. Hydro-graphic reconnaissance, intelligence gathering, raid & underwater demolition jobs also been done by them.
Size of the SWADS is classified though experts believe that BN has almost 1000 of SWADS/SEALs. Their base is called “BNS Nirvik” located in the port city Chittagong.
US Navy helped in forming and training of naval special warfare commandos for many countries around the world. Bangladesh increased their defense relations with the United States Military to boost security of the country and maintain stability in the region. Formation of SWADS was something must needed for Bangladesh Navy as the country facing increasing security threats from various unconventional security scenarios.
Bangladesh Army Plans to Purchase a Large Amount of High-Tech Weapons & Equipment Urgently
Bangladesh Army & BAF will purchase latest generation tanks, APCs, air defense systems, howitzer guns, advanced fighter jets, and some other military equipment soon. As economy growing slow Bangladesh also slowed the modernization processes of her Armed Forces. Although, current economic constraints Bangladesh Army & Bangladesh Air Force decided to purchase some military equipment & weapons quickly.
This is to enhance operational capabilities and flexibilities. Most of the weapons and systems will come from European Union and Chinese sources. Bangladesh is peace loving country working for establish peace in the world through the UN Peace Keeping Missions. Hence, Armed Forces of Bangladesh needs various types of military hardware to accomplish those vital missions worldwide, especially in African continent. Bangladesh is the largest troop contributor to the UNPK Missions.
Most of the military hardware will come from the EU, Russia and China. Bangladesh enjoys great, cordial relation with EU nations.
BD Army will selected Chinese NORINCO made VT5 light tanks to purchase under this quick acquisition program. How many will be bought that’s still unclear. Turkey offered its MKEK 18 tons towed artillery but Bangladesh needs something light to be transported through the existing helicopter by under-sling carrying options. BA also searching for a highly advanced medium range surface-to-air missile system. According to news BA got offer from MBDA Missile System’s for its SAMP/T Aster-30 SAM system, though, it’s not selected yet. Other equipment like Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), Armored Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) etc. are also included in the list.
Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) planned to purchase a squadron of 4++ generation fighter jets from reliable origin. Either it could be Russia or China who can provide BAF 4++/4+ generation combat jets. Russia offered Bangladesh its latest MiG-35 fighter jet, but, BAF sought for Su-35S Flanker-E supermaneuverable jet, which is now a combat proven jet. China, on the other hand, offered a squadron of its indigenously designed Chengdu J-10B 4.5th generation fighter aircraft. Bangladesh cautiously examining all of her options. Defense forces selecting their tools one by one keeping all the financial aspects in mind. Hope very soon BAF will announce its new fighter jet option. Until then we shall wait for the news to come.
Bangladesh trying to resolve the Rohingya crisis diplomatically involving major world powers including United Nations, USA, EU, Australia and other regional players
Bangladesh army is ready to handle any security scenario along the myanmar border. Government of Bangladesh insisting world community to resolve Rohingya crisis peacefully hence no parties be suffered.
Bangladesh is peace loving country and Bengali peoples are sacrificing continuously for peace. Bangladesh Armed Forces is the single largest contributor to the world peace by serving in the United Nations Peace Keeping missions.
Although, all this calm nature, people of Bangladesh loves their country above all. To defend country’s sovereignty Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force will not hesitate to fight any aggressor. For the reasons Bangladesh AFs are ready in the myanmar border.
Burma provoking Bangladesh for start a war with her. A war with burma right now will completely shadow the Rohingya crisis and give burmese killers sufficient rooms to kill more Rohingya peoples. Western world will just keeps barking on burma and let them to create massive anarchy inside our beloved country. For that reason Bangladesh must act cautiously to overcome the crisis and tensions with burma. We will get huge time to teach burma a lesion in near future. So, war is not an option for Bangladesh right now.