Government decided to build an indigenous defense industries to produce high-tech military equipment and thus, Bangladesh Army started a project to manufacture GMLRS in home.
Bangladesh Ordinance Factory (BOF) and Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) jointly will assemble “Guided-Multiple Launch Rocket System” (GMLRS) for the Bangladesh Army.
Primarily medium range MLRS will be assembled under license from some Chinese manufacturer. And for this purpose army has started to negotiate with several Chinese military vehicle manufacturers for suitable launcher vehicle.
Bangladesh Armed Forces finalized a modernization plan dubbed as “Forces Goal – 2030”. Under this plan Bangladesh Army, Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force started purchasing various military equipment. And initiated various defense program to produce possible military hardware in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Army assembling Man Portable Air Defence Systems in Bangladesh Ordinance Factory (BOF). Next is “Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System” (GMLRS). One of the sophisticated Chinese MLRS which is widely used by the PLA going to be assembled under license from China. BMTF discussing with Chinese military vehicle manufacturer Sinotruck and Taian for a heavy duty military truck suitable for multi-barrel rocket launchers.
Bangladesh Army’s next target to build Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Army has 2500-3000 ATGMs & rockets in its current inventory and evaluating for a new ATGM for its anti-tank force.
Bangladesh Army ATGM inventory consists of 3 types of missiles and a rocket & gun system too. Currently BA deployed Kornet-E, Metis-M1 & HJ-8 Anti-tank guided missiles & PF98 Anti-tank rockets to deter against any mechanized infantry invasion. Russian missiles are much effective against main battle tank.
Anti-tank force is a vital part of any army’s artillery force. Bangladesh currently beefing up its anti-tank warfare force with second and third generation ATGMs. Currently three types of ATGM and an ATW rocket + one anti-tank gun system are in active service with Bangladesh Army.
Bangladesh Armed Forces being upgraded under “Forces Goal — 2030” along with its command formation system and advanced military equipment. Army got 44 MBT-2000 main battle tanks almost one and half decade ago. Now they got Nora B-52K1 self-propelled howitzer guns, surface-to-air missile systems, C295W military transport aircraft, Mi-171Sh armed combat helicopters, and many more.
Bangladesh Army is the largest force of the armed forces of the country. It is tasked to defend country’s sovereignty over any situation. And they’re doing so. BA also keeping their footprints in world peace process for many decades. Thousands of Bangladeshi troops are deployed overseas in UN peace keeping missions.