China Offered Bangladesh Air Force J-10B Fighter Jet, Y-20 Heavy Lift Transport & KJ-200 AEW&CS Aircrafts worth $1Bn in Soft Loan to Counter India-Bangladesh Defence Agreement

China has been the major weapons & military hardware supplier of Bangladesh for long, where recently india offered some training & small arms. Delhi pressurized Dhaka to accept the their loan and other offers which generals in of Bangladesh Armed Forces rejected

China giving $1 billion to Bangladesh Air Force to buy Chengdu J-10B, Y-20 heavy lift transport aircraft and many more. A Russian blog and East Pendulum twitter account tweeted that Bangladesh and China negotiating each-other for $1 bn arms deal almost all of which is related to aircrafts. China offered 16 Chengdu J-10B, 1 Xian Y-20 heavy lift military transport aircraft, 1 Shaanxi KJ-200 AEW&C aircraft, and 7 K-8W Karakorum intermediate jet trainer aircrafts to Bangladesh Air Force.

China trying to counter india’s $500 million loan to Bangladesh to buy Russian weapons. It is now prestige issue for Beijing to maintain high-ground regarding Dhaka. Delhi offered military training, arms and other supports during indian defense minister monohor porikar’s Dhaka visit, which Bangladesh Armed Forces rejected then.

Still this is a rumor, though, experts believe that what is rumored regarding China-Bangladesh military dealings is true. Because previously Bangladesh bought Chinese fighter trainers to train BAF’s combat pilots. Many Bangladeshi pilots got training in China for flying J-10 fighter jets. And this is expected for many days that BAF would buy Chengdu J-10B jets in some number.

As BAF currently operating Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules medium transport aircrafts and need a bigger one, they choose newly developed Chinese heavy lift Y-20 military transport aircraft which is analogous to American C-17 Globemaster III.

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.

DEALIEST Su-30SME Fighter Jet is Coming for Bangladesh Air Force (BAF)

Bangladesh selected Su-30SME over Mig-35D & Su-35S flanker fighter plane. BAF will eploy these eight jet to the No. 8 Squadron and role will be Maritime Strike & Counter-Offensive missions.

BAF selected Sukhoi Su-30SME as maritime offensive fighter jet role. Bangladesh military currently going through “Forces Goal-2030” modernization process. As per the modernization program Bangladesh Air Force acquiring most advanced military hardware from various origins. Su-30SME is the latest and most advanced variant of the Su-30 flanker family. This model is one of the capable fighter aircraft platform worldwide. Russia offering this jet to those countries who are already Sukhoi jet operator.

This SME version is the export variant of the Russian Aerospace Force’s Su-30SM, which has been equipped with Bars-B multi-purpose fire control radar, 3D thrust vectoring AL-31FP after burner engines, IRST and Laser Designator Targeting pod and an EOTS coupled with laser navigation system and helmet mounted target acquisition system. Its fire control radar can scan & track 15 targets simultaneously and very much able to hit four of them at once with missiles and bombs.

The Su-30SME has an 8 tons of weapons payload. Weapons are ranges from advanced air-to-air missiles, anti-surface/anti-ship missiles, air-to-ground precision guided munitions etc. Its normal range is 3000 km while with an aerial refueling range extends to 5,600 km.

Armaments (Missiles & Bombs) of Bangladesh Air Force F-7BGI Fighter Jets

Bangladesh Air Force F-7BGI Fighter Plane Armaments & Specifications/BAF Fighter Jets Update-2017

Bangladesh operating F-7BGI interceptor fighter jets in numbers. Chinese Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group built these single engine fighter aircrafts for Bangladesh with most advanced avionics and other sub-systems. Upgraded F-7BGI can carry and fire BVR & WVR air-to-air missiles, GPS/Laser guided bombs, Anti-Ship Missiles (AShM) and two types of rocket pods to fire unguided rockets. New engine has a wet thrust of 82kN. These fighter jets can carry 3000 kgs of weapons payload.

BAF has 32 F-BGI fighter jets operational, mainly deployed as interceptor role. F-7BGIs are the “stop gap” combat jets while Bangladesh Air Force sourcing 4++ generation fighters from Russian origin. In few months past DGDP issued a tender to acquire 8 4++ generation fighter jets with Russian specific technical data and finally Su-30SME has been selected. It was included in the tender that BAF will also bought additional four jets if the procurement goes smooth.

China has made thousands of Soviet designed Mig-21s under license as “J-7” for its own Air Force, and then upgraded the design with latest avionics, armaments, engine etc. Its export version is “F-7”. These fighter planes are the most advanced upgrades of its types, even from Mig-21 made by Soviet Union. Bangladesh Air Force seeking truly capable multirole combat jets in numbers to augment Air Forces air power to defend country’s sovereignty.

Under the “Forces Goal-2030” government funding most advanced defense equipment and setting up several institutions for BAF. Bangladeshi F-7BGIs are the currently world’s most advanced and even Mig-21 can’t compete it. It has a maritime capabilities as it can carry & fire C-704/C-802 Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles (AShM). Myanmar also has these jets but not in the same configuration that BAF deployed. Bangladesh Air Force increasing her air fire power steadily with advanced fighter jets, military transport aircraft, combat helicopters and high profile training for the airmen and pilots. F-7BGIs are the lethal string to our national defense. Our pilots are dedicated to make our night chaos free and our days safe to work. They’re well mated with their machines (F-7BGIs) that hostilities can be deterred effectively.

In near future Bangladesh will buy fifth generation stealth jets if economy goes well. BAF also establishing an “aero engineering and maintenance complex” to manufacture and overhaul own jets.

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.
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.

Bangladesh Army buying 2CN-235–300 Tactical Military Transport Aircraft from Spain for Army Aviation Group

Bangladesh Army buying two CASA CN-235-300 military transport aircraft from Spain with latest avionics updates and other advanced systems for military air operations.
Army Aviation Group, reportedly, ordered these two planes from Spanish company in early 2015. Bangladesh AAG currently operating various fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircrafts from several origins.

Bangladesh Army buying 2CN-235–300 Tactical Military Transport Aircraft from Spain for Army Aviation Group

Bangladesh Army ordered two CASA CN-235–300 medium range military transport aircraft from Spain. These two plane will be used for army air operation like tactical air lift and army logistical air support. CN-235 was jointly developed & manufactures by the PT. Dirgantara Indonesia and Spanish CASA. It can be modified as ground support gunship, which already has been done and in active service in Royal Jordanian Air Force. Indonesia, America, Turkey, Spain, France, Malaysia and such more than 20 countries has using almost 273 units of this plane. CASA CN-235–300 is the latest upgraded version of the same design with advanced avionics & sub-systems.

Tactical military transport, maritime patrol, paratroopers dropping, air surveillance, humanitarian & relief mission, search and rescue missions are the main job can be done with the CASA CN-235–300. Its special pressurized cabin can accommodate palletized cargo and medical evacuation mission setup with ease. These modification can be done with minimum tools and time. It can carry 6–9 tons of weight, including 57–71 fully geared troops or light vehicles. The MPA version is the CASA CN-235–300M, which can carry Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) weapons.

CASA CN-235–300 is a multi-role aircraft can be deployed for the tactical transport, maritime patrol, electronic warfare (ESM / ECM and ELINT / COMINT), and navigator training and aerial survey tasks. It is very much capable of short-takeoff and landing on rough and unprepared runway. Bangladesh’s CN-235–300 is modified with the Honeywell International Corp. advanced avionics suite. It also can be fitted with a double-nosewheel landing gear for “rough landing”. CN-235–300 can take up to the air after 1217 meters run. Its maximum range is 5,055 kilometers at 454km/h with maximum service ceiling at 25,000 feet up. The CN-235–300 has a range of 5,055km at maximum 454km/h cruising speed while its service ceiling is 25,000 ft. CN-235–300 is equipped with full sized rear ramp for easier cargo loading-unloading of bulk like palletized cargo and light combat vehicles.

It also featured one crew door and two troops dropping doors. Its rear ramp can be opened in-flight for paratroopers dropping and aerial cargo offloading. New modified version CN235–300 is very much capable of hot and high performance with in-flight refueling which increases its range with greater loiter time. Its pressurized cabin is fully air conditioned and can be configured for mixed passenger and cargo or for all-cargo operations. CN-235 300 can carry and drop 57 fully equipped troops and 48 paratroops. 24 stretchers with patients + four-person medical team also can be carried for the medical evacuation (MedEvac) mission.

Aerial mission loads can be dropped by low altitude or high altitude delivery tactics. CN-235 300 series cockpit is equipped with night-vision goggle enabler, one Rockwell Collins EFIS-85B (14) flight information system which is comprised of four 6in x 8in LCDs or liquid-crystal displays and twin heads-up display for pilot and co- pilot, as it needs only two crew to be piloted. It has an avionics suite of open-architecture of MIL-STD-1553B, ARINC 429 military digital databuses, advanced terrain collision avoidance system (enhanced TCAS) and Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) and a Thales Topdeck color weather, flight data recorder. Where paratroopers can be dropped, aircraft’s flight management system & four-dimensional integrated navigation system automatically calculates that altitude and release points.

Two General Electric CT7–9C3 turboprop engines each generate 1,305kW power to run & fly the plane. There are fire detection and fire extinguishing systems for the engine’s safeguard. The MPA version is the CN-235 300M, can be armed with Harpoon anti-ship missiles, two mk46 torpedoes or Exocet M-39 air-launch anti-ship missiles which are stationed at six hardpoints, three under each wing.

Surely the CN-235–300 tactical military transport plane will greatly enhance Bangladesh Army’s operational capabilities across the country. During natural calamities and disaster armed forces needs sufficient transport assets to propagate actual air mobility operations in the crisis area, which includes relief goods transport, MedEvac of affected peoples, surveillance & rescue (SAR) mission, damage identification & control. During peacetime it also can be used to observe border areas, forests damages, in military training & exercises, leasing the aircraft to the United States Peace Keeping Missions worldwide and for so many such roles. Recently Bangladesh Army started to renew and enhance its military operational capabilities to support the development of the nation.

For the purposes it should support civilian government in various ways like constructing roads, highways and other infrastructures in remote and rough terrain where it is needs to carry engineers, skilled workers, low weight building equipment, and likes. Besides these military roles there are other missions too for these two CN-235–300 aircraft, will also always be deployed during disaster, while flood across the country, tornadoes & hurricanes are normal phenomena in the coastal areas in a yearly basis.

Secret Submarine Base of Bangladesh Navy

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.