The Bangladesh Navy will add two new submarines to its naval fleet by 2015, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced yesterday.
“Inshaallah, two submarines will be added to the naval force by next year,” she said while awarding National Standard to BNS Osman at Naval Berth in Chittagong.
Besides, two new corvettes will be added to the Navy fleet to strengthen the capability of the force to protect the maritime boundary and sea resources, Hasina said.
She also added that a process is on to set up the biggest naval base at Rabanabad in Patuakhali with facilities for submarine berthing and aviation.
“It's imperative to ensure a favourable atmosphere and security in the maritime area for extracting sea resources and securing trade. The naval force has to perform an important role in this regard,” said Hasina.
BNS Osman has been awarded with the National Standard for its outstanding contribution at home and abroad for the last 25 years, including its engagement in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon for the last four years, according to the Daily Star.
The premier hoped that the Navy members would uphold the dignity of the force through their high efficiency and discipline and by maintaining the chain of command.
Hasina said her government has taken short and medium term plans to make the Navy an efficient, modern and balanced three-dimensional force by 2030, according to the report.
As part of the plans, 16 ships, two helicopters and two maritime patrol aircraft have been given to the Navy during the tenure of her government, she said.
Bangladesh Air Force has asked Agustawestland for two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. The helicopters will be operated by the Bangladesh Air Force to perform maritime search and rescue (SAR) and other utility missions and are expected to be delivered by the end of 2015
Bangladesh ordered 24 Russian Yak-130 light fighter jets worth $800 million in the final quarter of last year, according to Kommersant. The planes are to be fitted with English-language cockpits and delivery is scheduled to begin next year
The Bangladesh Army has started inducting fourth-generation China-made MTB-2000 tanks and a weapons locating radar procured through outright purchase, according to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "This is the first time our army is getting such new and ultramodern tanks, all bought with our own funds," she announced during an induction ceremony of the Army Aviation Group area at Tejgaon on Thursday
The Bangladesh Army has inducted two new Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin helicopters that will be used for UN humanitarian missions and transport duties. A group of Bangladesh Army pilots were trained to fly the choppers at Eurocopter South East Asia’s Singapore facility in the subsidiary’s AS365 N3+ full-flight simulator
Following customers in Japan, Norway and Germany, the Bangladesh Navy has purchased two modern Do 228NG (New Generation) turboprop aircraft. The aircraft will be used for maritime air patrol and rescue mission along the countries’ coastline
A Bangladesh Air Forces F-7 fighter aircraft has crashed into Bay of Bengal after taking off from the Zahurul Haque base in South eastern city of the country. The pilot of the F-7 fighter, Flight Lieutenant ‘Tahmid, is reported missing, Chittagong airports manager Wing Commander Nur E Alam was quoted as saying by bdnews24
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