Bangladesh has commissioned two submarines bought from China for $203 million.
The submarines, “Nabajatra” and “Joyjatra” will be used to secure Bangladesh’s territories in the Bay of Bengal by neighbouring Myanmar and India, Newsnext reported Sunday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handed the commissioning order to the commanding officers of the submarines at a ceremony in the port city of Chittagong. “But as an independent state, we would procure everything necessary for protecting the country’s sovereignty and independence,” she said.
The highest speed of the diesel–electric submarines, 76 metres in length and 7.6 metres in width and equipped with torpedoes and mines, is 17 nautical miles per hour and their displacement is 1,609 tonnes.
Hasina also inaugurated base support facilities constructed for the submarines and laid the foundation stone of BNS Sheikh Hasina, a full-fledged base for the submarines.
The submarines were upgraded 035 project submarines. The Chinese navy used the 035G project submarines in combat training in 1990-2000. They were equipped with new torpedoes and sonar stations copied from the French sonars.
According to an expert quoted by Sputnik in December last year, lack of experience of the Bangladesh Navy and their possession of the obsolete 035G submarines make them an easy target for a more advanced Indian Navy in case such a situation arises.
Bangladeshs Directorate General of Defence Purchases (DGDP) has issued a global tender for eight multi-role combat aircraft plus four options for the Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). The new fighters are being sought for fortifying Bangladeshs defensibility against aerial threats as well as providing it with a platform for anti-surface, maritime and offensive counter-air operations,
Bangladesh Army has test fired China developed FM-90 surface-to-air missile on Tuesday Morning. The missile that is known with its HQ-7 designation has a range of 15km radius, and 25km radar
Bangladesh has planned to procure eight Multi-role Combat Aircraft, medium lift helicopters and radars for its Air Force in the current fiscal year. Besides procurement deals were signed in the 2015-16 fiscal year to procure two training helicopters, one Short Range Air Defence Radar (SHORAD) system, one Long Range Air Defence Radar and 11 PT-6 Basic Trainer planes for making the Bangladesh Air Force more dynamic, Law Minister Anisul Huq was quoted as saying by local media Thursday
Bangladesh has signed a government to government contract with China to buy an additional batch of K-8W jet trainers for its Air Force. The contract was signed between the Bangladesh Air Force and China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC, part of the Chinese state corporation AVIC) on Wednesday
In line with Armed Forces Goal 2030 modernization program, the Bangladesh Navy has vowed to build its warships indigenously from its shipyards across the country, instead of completely relying on foreign ship builders. Chittagong Dry Dock Limited, one of the three shipyards operated by the Bangladesh Navy, has taken up a project to build 6 guided missile frigates, which if as planned will be indigenously built, Bangladesh Military Forces website bdmilitary
Bangladesh has entered into a Government-to-government deal with the United Kingdom to purchase two C-130J C5 tactical transport aircraft to boost transport capabilities of its air force. Financed under the FY 2017-2018 defense budget, Bangladesh will become the ninth operator of the C-130J C5 in Asia, bdmilitary
Bangladesh has taken a project to construct frigates at Chittagong Dry Dock run by its navy and will achieve self-reliance in building warships, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said. The present government has already taken various short and long-term plans to build Bangladesh Navy as an effective “three-dimensional force”
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