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.
Bangladesh Air Force issued tender for 4++ Gen. Long-Range Maritime Strike & Offensive Fighter Plane
Bangladesh Air Force issued tender for 4++ Gen. Long-Range Maritime Strike & Offensive Fighter Plane:
Bangladesh Armed Forces Services’ Directorate General of Defence Purchases (DGDP) has issued an international tender In February 28, 2017, for eight multi-role maritime combat aircraft, additionally options for four more, for the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). From previous acquisition pattern BAF will purchase these fighter jets from Russia. News already circulating in web that Russian United Aircraft Corporation expecting to grab the contract. UAC will propose their Mig-35S, Su-35S and Su-30SM 4++ generation fighter jets for the bid.
These aircrafts will be deployed to protect its territorial water body in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh Navy (BN) has its very own air arm, though, BAF will be responsible for the aerial offensive and strike support to the Navy during any conflict.
Previously Government of Bangladesh pledged full support to raise a tri-dimensional naval forces including surface combatants, sub-surface forces (submarine force) and naval air arm. BN currently operating few fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircrafts includes Dornier Do-228NG maritime patrol & ASW aircraft, Harbin Z-9C surveillance & utility helicopter and recently ordered for two AgustaWestland AW159 ASW helicopters. As Bangladesh Navy has no adequate facility installed to maintain such a full-fledged combat fighter jets its BAF’s task to provide aerial strike support to the navy.
According to the tender issued DGDP asked to submit proposal against the tender in April 13, 2017. Additional four fighter aircrafts will also be purchased in coming days, it’s also been stated in the tender document.