Bangladesh Air Force likely to buy one Airbus Defense & Space C295 AEW&C aircraft to enhance ISR capabilities
C295 going to be the first Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) plane for Bangladesh Air Force
Bangladesh Air Force to buy Airbus Defense & Space C295 early warning and control aircraft.
Recently news reports says that BAF wants to procure an airborne early warning & control (AEW&C) to enhance force’s surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
Airborne Early Warning & Control System is such an asset that can give a military huge operational capabilities over its foes. Latest generation AEW&C aircrafts features including advanced AESA radars which can search & track various types of targets. It look up to enemy territories from friendly airspaces. A tank sized object can be tracked perfectly with the C295 AEW&C platform. Any large enemy troop movement, naval warships and aerial targets like fighter jets and drones can be tracked easily.
C295 AEW&C aircraft can feed those search and track data to friendly fighter jets and land based war machines to take necessary measures against. This platform has a range of maximum 450km. It can be on-air for longer time with minimum operational costs. C295 AEW&C features a third generation Elta Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, which can operate in 360 degree rotational mode and can be set to scan in a fixed angle.
Bangladesh Air Force needed such asset very long ago, though, it is not too late to get it. Primarily one system will be bought. The deal will be sign sometime in 2018. This is a great force multiplier which will assist Bangladesh Army as well Bangladesh Navy to protect country’s sovereignty over any enemy invasion from any side. As the C295 AEW&C can scan sea surface BAF will be tasked to do scanning job for BN to support intelligence efforts.
Until now, there is no more information available for the public but experts believe that the necessary funds will be released to buy the platform in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. So as to, the deal also will be sign after the next June.
A Bangladesh Air Force Mi-171 VIP transport helicopter has been crash landed with Chief of Staff Kuwait Armed Forces Lt. General Mohammed Khaled Al Khader.
This incident was happened in the Shrimangal, Moulvibazar district of Bangladesh. 16 passengers including half a dozen Kuwaiti military high officials was onboard the helicopter. Pilot of the BAF Mi-171 helicopter landed the helicopter from the exact landing point due to thick fog and adverse weather conditions. He, then tried his best to land the chopper in safer position. And by his acts all passenger was able to safely evacuated from the crash landed helicopter.
After the incident Chief of Staff Mohammed Al Khader said to media that he is amazed by the skills of the Bangladesh Air Force pilot. He praised that pilot’s efforts and expressed his gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul Haque.
A 10 member delegation of the Kuwait Armed Forces currently visiting Bangladesh to enhance bilateral defense relations. This team includes Chief Lt. General Muhammed Khaled Al Khader, Commander Kuwait Navy Major General Khalid Ahmed Abdullah, Chief of Military Education Department Major General Anwar Jaseem Al Majidee, Major General Mubaraka Al Abdullah, and Commandant Joint Command & Staff College Major General Abdullah Abdus Samad Dasti.
Bangladesh modernizing her defense forces to best serve the country’s interests, and this is a normal phenomenon
Bangladesh Armed Forces pursuing a modernization plan dubbed as the “Forces Goal – 2030” to enhance capabilities
Bangladesh Armed Forces pursuing an extensive modernization process dubbed as the “Forces Goal – 2030”. That’s mean many things will be changed within this time frame to increase Bangladesh’s military strength. Although the plan being implemented, some acquisition programs will depend on the economic condition.
Here the problem is most of the ordinary citizens of Bangladesh doesn’t know how defense procurement process works! We tried to make clear how Government of Bangladesh implementing the upgrade process and how much time it will take. This is just an effort to serve rightful information that Bangladeshis needs to know about their state institutions.
Bangladesh don’t publish about all its weapon systems because of many reasons. Some things should be kept in secrecy, it’s a strategy to astonishing enemy in battle. In the coming years Bangladesh Armed Forces will induct many game changing weapons. Many weapons and weapons platforms are great diplomatic tool which gives the country some leverage to gain favor in negotiating with other states.
Bangladesh must synchronize its efforts to secure her position in the region. To deal Myanmar perfectly we need highly advanced and effective weapons that could destroy Burmese dream of keep poking Bangladesh. So, not all things should be published in the newspapers or television channels.
Bangladesh Armed Forces showed keen interest to buy Turkish made defense equipment includes TAI Hurkus basic trainer, TAI T129 ATAK attack helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles
Bangladesh modernizing its armed forces to meet the challenge of the 21st century security situation hence buying modern defense hardware from various countries including turkey
Bangladesh wants TAI Hurkus basic trainer aircraft, TAI T129 ATAK helicopter and Anka or Bayraktar TB2 UAVs.
Government of Bangladesh interest to buy Turkish manufactured defense hardware. Hurkus is a basic trainer aircraft intended for primary pilot training. Bangladesh Army searching for a suitable attack helicopter option whereas turkey’s T129 ATAK attack helicopter is a contender too. And, Bangladesh wants build a handsome fleet of unmanned aerial systems fleet to better monitor adverse weather conditions as it is a disaster prone country. Drones are effective tool to monitor advance flood situation, SAR missions after cyclone, flood and other natural calamities.
Bangladesh Armed Forces sometimes opts for Turkish defense products as those are cheaper than same western ones. Recently turkey developed some decent military equipment like T129 attack helicopter, TAI Anka unmanned aerial vehicle and many armored combat vehicles. Ministry of Defence wants to increase Bangladesh military strength in new level to ensure country’s national security.
Turkey is a Muslim nation which has the most sophisticated military equipment manufacturing technology. Most of the Turkish defense companies obtained their technologies from the west through joint-venture or bought the whole manufacturing license. Recently Ankara pushed for greater defense exports. And, offering those military toys to other Muslim and friendly countries. They have a wide array of highly advanced defense products ranging from land weapons systems, naval warships and submarines and aerial weapons platforms.
Bangladesh wants to diversify her defense products acquisition sources beyond Russia and China. In regards, Turkey, Pakistan, Indonesia and Egypt could be viable sources. As another Muslim nation Bangladesh could get some ease to buy from them without any obstacles. Hence Bangladesh’s interests in Turkish TAI Hurkus, T129 ATAK attack helicopter, Anka UAV and other defense hardware is a sign of growing military relations between the nations. We hope these relations will grow more and a strong brotherly relation will be sealed forever.
Bangladesh Aeronautical Center is the first of its kind in the country poised to manufacture modern fighter jets for the Bangladesh Air Force
Government established Bangladesh Aeronautical Center (BAC) as the starter of the aviation industry in Bangladesh to reduce dependency on foreign sources for various aviation equipment for civilian and military use.
Bangladesh Air Force’s Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center (BAC) is the country’s first of its kind. This is a Bangladesh Ministry of Defense-owned aerospace defense security and advanced technology venture mainly focusing on avionics, aviation, and high-tech electronics. BAC poised to build modern fighter jets in Bangladesh within next decade. BAC’s work domain includes aircraft design, development & manufacturing, and producing avionics systems for country’s armed forces. Manufacture and maintenance of radar, unmanned aerial vehicle and other defense systems for Bangladesh Army & Bangladesh Navy. It also performs maintenance and overhauling of the civil-military airplanes.
There are strict restriction of exporting any product, technology or services to any foreign party. Bangladesh Air Force is operating and managing all the activities of this aviation industry. BAC is going to make operational an F-7 overhaul plant for BAF’s F-BG+F-7BGI fleet upgradation. Unmanned aerial vehicles will be built in BAC soon. An advanced 4.5th generation fighter jet development/manufacturing program has been planned to be done in BAC. Other allied aviation products like fighter jet spares, civil airplane’s parts, aerial munitions, aviation electronics, ground based radar systems etc. also are the products of BAC.
On the other side of the border myanmar negotiating with China & Pakistan for license building of the CAC/PAC JF-17 Thunder in home. It suggests that the JF-17 will be myanmar air force’s main workhorse in the coming days. To maintain technological edge-over against burma Bangladesh must take measures sooner than later to start building/assembling any 4.5th fighter jet in home. It not only helps our air force to build a handsome fleet of modern combat jets as well as also give positive contribution to the country’s economy. BAC has collaborating with Russian Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, JSC Irkut Corporation and Chinese Hongdu Aviation Industry Group. Main products would be_
Aircraft maintenance Helicopter Maintenance Military communications Aerial navigation Defense electronics Missile defense elements UAV systems
Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center has an opportunity to create a high-tech military aviation industry in the guise of BAF’s needs. The intention of BAC is to use indigenous resources and manpower at most. It is now time to come up with all our possibilities to ensure national security and economic strength through local defense equipment manufacturing. After meeting the country’s armed forces needs many military hardware can be exported to the friendly countries to earn more money for the R&D. We hope all the best and perfect for the Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center. We hope we’ll be strong against all odds, in home & abroad. BANGLDESH ZINDABAD.
Chittagong Dry Dock Limited is the third shipyard Bangladesh Navy owns which is planned to build country’s first heavy frigate
The CDDL has been established to do maintenance & repairing of Bangladeshi national flagships and foreign cargo & container vessels those anchored at Chittagong Port
Chittagong Dry Dock Limited will build heavy stealth frigates for the Bangladesh Navy.
CDDL or Chittagong Dry Dock Ltd currently owned by the Bangladesh Navy (BN) established as a complementary to the Chittagong Port Authority under Bangladesh Steel & Engineering Corporation. It was intended to maintenance and repair Bangladeshi flagships & those commercial cargo & container vessels touches Chittagong Port.
In 2015 Government of Bangladesh handed over the CDDL to the BN. After that the navy planned to build heavy frigates, large container vessels and alike. Already CDDL built a cargo vessel. In order to commence building of Bangladesh Navy’s heavy frigate which would be a Chinese design, BN teamed up with Chinese Shipbuilding & Offshore International Co. (CSOC).
Bangladesh Navy slated to have 12-14 such heavy frigates within 2030. And, most importantly they want to build them at home which would commercially-offset a certain portion of money will cost the whole program. This frigate program will create a well number of jobs for local engineers, naval architect and many more. Already Bangladeshi public-private shipbuilders showed successes in building small warships and various sized commercial cargo-container vessels which has been exported to the overseas market like EU.
Chittagong Dry Dock Limited will reduce country’s dependence for the naval ships to foreign shipyards. It also would be a center for maintenance, repair and upgrading hub for such large warships in time. Ultimately, Bangladesh Navy will be the second biggest in South Asia and one of the formidable navy in Asia. For such a big planning country must have a considerable capabilities to design and build warships of her own. Our naval force’s leadership are well aware of that and paving the way for it.
As of now, CDDL undergoing massive expansion and upgradation processes to host building of advanced heavy guided missile frigate. China assisting technologically in this project. The whole project worth billions of dollars, most of which will be spent of manufacturing of the ships. Still now no one knows which types of design has been selected, even if selected, but it’s certain of it that the design will be one of those which are Chinese shipbuilders showing off in various defence expositions around the globe for last some years.
As experts believe, Bangladesh Navy maybe collaborating with Chinese to get a customized design according to their own needs. Hence it would be new type of frigate design based on a Chinese one. But it is sure that the superstructure will be a low-observable, I mean, stealthy one. According to BN’s modernization plan this frigate program will be active within 2018. Until then, no one can confirm the whole program’s details.
Khulna Shipyard Limited is Bangladeshi naval shipbuilding industry owned by the Bangladesh Navy building various warships & cargo vessels
Bangladesh Navy turned Khulna Shipyard into the most efficient naval warship builder for the country
Khulna Shipyard (KSY) Limited was established in 1957 and currently being operated by the Bangladesh Navy. KSY Ltd has built the Durgam-class ASW large patrol craft for BN. After establishment, KSY built and repaired many cargo & container vessels. It also manufacture various steel structures for industry and infrastructure building.
This shipyard was handed over to the Bangladesh Navy in 1999 with a large sum of debt. After 2008 KSY paid all its debt and started making profit. Now it is the largest tax payer in the Khulna divisional region. Products of the KSY Ltd are various cargo vessels, container vessels, firefighting boats, tugboats, submarine tugs, harbor patrolling boats, Padma-class patrol boats, Durgam-class ASW LPCs, floating cranes, tankers, supply ships and some more.
In the coming years, Khulna Shipyard, slated to build stealth corvette for Navy. For this purposes modern facilities are being installed on the yard area. Bangladesh needs to enhance its shipbuilding capabilities to ensure mass employment and growth of the economy. Bangladesh Navy, in the case, paving a great way for other private entrepreneurs to invest in the sector.
Khulna Shipyard Ltd negotiating with china for its Type 056 Jiangdao corvette’s license building in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Navy has a plan to acquire such 14-16 corvettes within 2030 time frame under “Forces Goal-2030” modernization program. Already BN has operating two Type 056 in its active service. On the other side of the border, burmese navy (aka myanmar navy) tryning to destabilize the territorial waters of Bangladesh and burmese army provoking unrest near the border. Dhaka wants to give burma a befitting response and make myanmar nation to remember it with ultimate fear that what Bangladesh can do against her enemies. Hence, Bangladesh Navy needs massive firepower in the sea. Guided missile frigates, stealth corvettes, large patrol crafts and maritime aircrafts along with advanced attack submarines will comprise the force.
Building most of the naval ships in home, KSY can make Bangladesh independent of buying warships from foreign shipyards, which costs much more money and time. On the other hand, domestic industrial base will make our navy strong as well as the economy. Worldwide shipbuilding industry has a value worth $400b yearly. If Bangladesh can grab 1% of them, it would bring huge amount of money which will give our economy a strong position.