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Bangladesh is planning to procure eight new multi-role fighters

Bangladesh’s Minister of Law Anisul Huq informed the Bangladesh Parliament that the government will be procuring eight multi-role combat aircraft for the Bangladesh Air Force.

As per local news outlets, such as the Daily News, Mr. Huq noted that the fighter acquisition – alongside the procurement of six Mi-171Sh helicopters, two maritime search and rescue helicopters, one medium-range surface-to-air missile system, and one unmanned aerial vehicle system – will be made in the current fiscal year of 2016-2017.

Mr. Huq also stated that procurements contracts for two training helicopters, a short-range air defence system, a long-range air surveillance radar, and 11 PT-6 basic trainers were signed in 2015-2016.

Long-term, the Government of Bangladesh will procure additional multi-role fighters, a new medium-lift helicopter, and a mobile radar system.

Notes & Comments:

It appears that the Government of Bangladesh has earmarked 2016-2017 for finalizing much-awaited modernization programs for the armed forces, especially the Bangladesh Air Force, which will see the procurement of multi-role fighter aircraft and enhancements to its integrated air defence system.

At the end of November, the Bangladesh Directorate General of Defence Purchases (DGDP) released an official tender for two anti-submarine warfare helicopters for the Bangladesh Navy.

In June, the Government of Bangladesh announced that it had increased the defence budget for 2016-2017 to $2.8 billion U.S. – i.e. a 7% increase from 2015-2016 (IHS Jane’s). At the time, the Dhaka Tribune added that the government would seek financing options from China and Russia to move forward with big-ticket arms acquisitions.

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  • by Andrei Romanov
    Posted December 9, 2016 9:31 pm 0Likes

    Of course they are going to buy Russian or Chinese Fighter jet.
    Most probably Russian.

  • by nob hamid gul
    Posted December 10, 2016 12:51 am 0Likes

    Admin please shed some light on the recent test of air defence system by Turkey

  • by syed
    Posted December 10, 2016 3:08 pm 0Likes

    why do they need planes and submarines ,they are sitting in India’s lap any way,who do they fear

  • by Saptarshi Dasgupta
    Posted December 11, 2016 3:17 am 0Likes

    Chinese fc-1/jf-17 or Russian mig-29m2 or mig-35 very good options.

  • by Naveed AHMAD أحمد
    Posted December 11, 2016 1:07 pm 0Likes

    How likely is the prospect of Hasina Wajid pressing Bangladesh Air Force to opt for Tejas? India may throw an enticing offer too!

  • by Donny G
    Posted December 12, 2016 2:16 am 0Likes

    Unlikely, its Mig-35/Su-30’s that they are looking at.

  • by Ronie ..
    Posted December 13, 2016 6:11 pm 0Likes

    72 dollar is break even oil price for Russia but realities are too bad for them as exporting oil is their main income source.. last month it says that it can’t financed foreign loans as it is out of money..Russia is punching way above it’s weight ..It pretend strong, sending aircrafts to middle East , waging war on general people for hiding it’s weaknesses ..

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