Bangladesh Air Force will buy a squadron of Russian Mig-35 multirole fighter jets. Government of Bangladesh will finance the procurement. No loan will be taken to buy them. But, India offered a $500 million line-of-credit to Dhaka to purchase Mig-35, as many news outlet reported.
But it is skeptical why india wants to finance Bangladesh Air Force’s fighter aircraft purchase? As observers assumed, india wants to create technical influence over Bangladesh Armed Forces. India has some political and cultural in Bangladesh but it lacks such influence over the armed forces of the country.
From recent defense purchases of Dhaka irks india, especially, buying submarines from China. Previously india pressurized Bangladesh Government to accept indian proposal for a 25-year defense agreement and buy defense equipment from them. But, Bangladesh Army strongly rejected the idea.
After that Delhi found a new way to shackle Bangladesh’s defense modernization by pushing in their money into Bangladesh Armed Force’s equipment procurement which will create some strong leverage upon the deployment of those military articles alongside indian border.
But, from the mass people and military of the country has been rejecting the proposals. According to the indian authority, indian media reported several times that Bangladesh will use their money to buy the Mig-35 jets from Russia. These media reports don’t cite any official statement from the Bangladeshi side. Rather seeming it confirmed that BAF will pay the price of Mig-35 from india’s line-of-credit money, ridiculous.
Such unprofessional reporting created some hoax about it. Neither Government of Bangladesh nor Bangladesh Air Force said they’ll take indian money for buying defense equipment. So, until any official announcement from Bangladeshi authority it is a baseless news.
Two new air bases for Bangladesh Air Force.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that two new air force base will be built in Sylhet and Barisal to enhance BAF’s operational capabilities. There are no air base in the respective districts.
PM Hasina said about these two bases in her speech during the passing out parade of the newly commissioned officers of the BAF in Jessore. She also stated that Bangladesh Air Force will be one of the most powerful air force in Asia.
Sylhet district of Bangladesh don’t have any air base there right now. Almost 60% of the natural resources are in Sylhet and it is an important region to secure country’s national interest. So setting up an air base in Sylhet will give Bangladesh Air Force essential operational capabilities to face any adversary from that specific regional point.
On the other hand Barisal situated in the middle of the Bangladesh’s coastline. It is safer position for setting high value military installations there. An air base in Barisal will be deployed to look after the national interests in the Bay of Bengal. This base will be used to give air support to the Bangladesh Navy. New coming maritime offensive and strike fighter jet squadron will be stationed in the Barisal Air Force Base.
Recently Armed Forces of Bangladesh expanding their force size and modernizing the forces according to the “Forces Goal – 2030” modernization process. These two air base being setting up according to the FG-2030 plan. Construction process will start this year and it’ll be completed within possible short period of time.
Russian Rosobornexport offered Mig-35 which is a 4++ generation fighter jet to the Bangladesh Air Force with full transfer-of-technology
Rosobornexport said they’ll provide transfer-of-technology of Mig-35 fighter jet to Bangladesh which will be manufactured in the Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center in Dhaka
Russia offered Mig-35 fighter jet to Bangladesh Air Force with transfer-of-technology.
Bangladesh Air Force fighter aircraft procurement program gets a new turnover from Su-30SME towards Mig-35. It’s a nothing strange but, amazingly Russians are offering transfer-of-technology to Bangladesh accordingly. This happens when Su-30SME deal stalled due to various reasons. Russian state defense technology exporter Rosobornexport made the offer to Bangladesh.
It is said in the report that, if Bangladesh Air Force buy Mig-35 jets, these will be manufactured in the Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center in Dhaka. An MRO facility also will be established to support maintenance, repair and future upgrade works. Bangladesh needs medium weight long range fighter jets urgently to maintain air power capabilities.
Myanmar progressing their deal for the JF-17 Thunder license building in home. Talks are going on with both developer of the jet, China & Pakistan, simultaneously. Bangladesh must keep a descent number of modern fighter jet fleet to counter any national security issues.
As developer’s claim Mig-35 is a 4++ generation fighter aircraft with full combat efficiency, even with a fifth generation fighter jet. It is a medium weight, multirole combat plane capable of air superiority mission along with precision ground strike and anti-shipping role too. If the deal happens then this project will give Bangladesh defence industry a huge uplift. Recently there are much efforts has been taken to make more defense hardware in home by the Bangladesh Armed Forces.
Not clear how many aircrafts BAF will buy nor what are the details of the proposal. But it’ll be cleared soon, hope so. But, this offer of ToT means Bangladesh Air Force will buy a handsome number of the jet. Making them in home will create opportunities for some high-paying jobs for some of the Bangladeshi aviation engineers too.
Ultimately this deal comes with some potential for Bangladesh in the related sector. On the other side, China too, offering their J-10B light fighter jets to Bangladesh with a $1bn loan. No one knows which BAF will grab. Until then we must wait for the official announcements.
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.