Bangladesh Air Force going to induct Chinese FD-2000 long-range surface-to-air missile defense system.
This acquisition will be activated just after deployment of the LY-80E medium-range air defense system. BAF currently has no such defensive military equipment rather some FM-90B short-range air defence missile systems in active service. FD-2000 is the export designation of the domestic Chinese version of HQ-9 long-range SAM system. It’s developed by the CPMIEC.
Bangladesh Armed Forces has seeking some affordable and cost-effective air defense systems, which can be integrated into country’s existing air defence command network. BAF previously evaluating some options and choose Chinese one. This SAM platform will be deployed to protect Bangladesh’s important civil-military installations around the country.
This long-range missile defense system has 200km of slant range. Can engage targets up to 27km altitude. Its main search radar can track 100 targets and designate 50 of them. Main fire control radar guide 6 interceptor missiles to hit 6 targets simultaneously. It is very much capable to operate under intensive enemy electronic jamming environment.
FD-2000 SAM system can intercept fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, UAVs as well as cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, air-to-ground missiles and stand-off range precision guided bombs too. Search and tracking radars have anti-stealth capabilities to track & shoot down stealth aircrafts.
In recent aggressive posture of the burmese military near Bangladeshi border has rattled the thoughts of military leaderships in Dhaka. Bangladesh Army was fully prepared to strike into burmese territory due their violations of international laws and diplomatic gestures. Hundreds of thousands innocent Rohingya peoples has been murdered by the military junta of myanmar. Almost 1 million of them fled to Bangladesh to save their life. Burma clearly committed history’s one of the most brutal genocide against this ethnic minority. General Secretary of the United Nations declared this act as the “text book example of genocide”.
After killing hundred thousands of Rohingya peoples burmese army started to provoke Bangladesh by violating the airspace several times. They frequently did it. Bangladesh Army deployed heavy artillery, troops, combat helicopters, riverine brigades along the burmese border but refrained from order full scale operation due to the absence of an effective air defense system. Bangladesh Air Force’s air power is not enough to give air support for such an operation. Hence army stopped. By analyzing all the recent development in the region Bangladesh harshly felt her needs for long-range, deep coverage surface-to-air missile systems. And now, FD-2000 LRSAM is coming.