Update : Bangladesh air force deployed Squadron 35 "Thundercats" to the BAF forward operating base, Cox's Baazar. The squadron is equipped with F-7BG1 interceptor aircrafts.

Myanmarnese pilots will need to think twice before bombing innocent villagers or violating other nation's airspaces again.









K-8W jet trainers of Bangladesh Air Force.
9 have been delivered, while 23 more are on order. Which means BAF will have 2 squadrons of these birds to train our pilots for the new MRCAs.


K-8W of Bangladesh Air Force in a formation with Hongdu L-15 Falcon and CJ-6 of People's Liberation Army Air Force.

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Bangladesh has received the first of five Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft of the Royal Air Force ordered for the country's air force.

Bangladesh received its first of five UK-surplus C-130J transport aircraft on 25 August. (Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group)

The platform, which was rolled out in a ceremony held in the UK in mid-July, arrived at the Bangladesh Air Force's (BAF's) Bangabandhu airbase in Dhaka on 25 August, according to a statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Bangladeshi military.

The 'short-bodied' C-130Js (designated C5 in UK Royal Air Force [RAF] service) were ordered in two batches of two and three aircraft in 2018 and earlier in 2019 respectively. The remaining four aircraft are expected to be handed over by the end of 2019.

The aircraft deals were initially revealed via maintenance contracts announced by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (ADG), although it was the UK Ministry of Defence that first confirmed the total number.

BAF's Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat commented,
“I was fortunate to be on hand with the team last month at Marshall in Cambridge for the Roll Out Ceremony of our first C-130J and I am even more delighted to be receiving it here in Dhaka today on what is a very proud moment for the Bangladesh Air Force”.

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K-8W of the Bangladesh Air Force's 105 Advance Jet Training Unit. The unit will consist of three training squadrons ( 2 squadrons K-8W and 1 squadron Yak-130 ) which will provide advanced trainings to the pilots selected for operating the fighter jets.

Bangladesh wants to buy combat fighters, Apache helicopters, missile systems from US
Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan
Published at 04:51 pm October 17th, 2019


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US officials in Dhaka say work in progress to ink two agreements to make the purchase happen.

Bangladesh has proposed to the United States to purchase advanced military equipment including multi-role combat fighters, Apache attack helicopters and surface-to-air missile systems, according to US government officials.

Both countries are currently negotiating two agreements that are required by the US law for the purchase to go ahead that will expand the military cooperation between the countries, said the two officials, preferring anonymity, while talking to a select group of reporters at the US Embassy in Dhaka yesterday.

However, when contacted by Dhaka Tribune, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque declined to comment on the matter.

The foundational agreements are Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) and General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA). Both are bilateral in nature.

ACSA refers to an agreement between the US coalition partners that allow US forces to exchange most common types of support, including food, fuel, transportation, ammunition, and equipment. The agreement does not, in any way, commit a country to any military action.

GSOMIA is a legally binding deal that will ensure that the US advanced equipment and its knowhow will be protected from others.

The officials, however, did not say how much it would cost Bangladesh to make the proposed purchase.

They said it was not possible to talk about the prices as long discussions regarding the agreements were pending.

The initial request from Bangladesh for more advanced equipment include attack helicopters, multi-role combat fighters aircraft, surface-to-air missile system and few other things that were made back in 2018, said one of the officials.

For instance, the official said that they offered Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) two types of attack helicopters and BAF opted for the AH-64 Apache helicopters. “Now, the air force is waiting for the approval of the civilian leadership.”

“We are supportive of it [Bangladesh’s proposal],” said the other official, expressing optimism to ink the deals soon to pave the way for the purchases.

But neither of the officials elaborated on the types of other advanced equipment Bangladesh wants to buy from the US.

Since these are high-end equipment from the US defence industry, the conclusion of the agreements was required to transfer the machinery, they said, and added that there were certain non-advanced equipments that can be purchased without such agreements.

All purchased advanced equipment from the US will come with a number of facilities that include servicing, maintenance, training and supply of spare parts.

One of the officials said that Bangladesh military has now come to a point to feel that it can now have advanced US equipment, and Washington is positive about it as cooperation between the militaries of two countries has been on the rise.

“Bangladesh has known about these agreements for quite some time,” the official said, but declined to comment on the status of the negotiations regarding the two agreements.

Both officials also noted that Bangladesh military has been using the US equipment sensibly, leading Washington to consider selling advanced equipment — which will help Dhaka achieve Forces Goal 2030, a long-term modernization program for Bangladesh’s armed forces.

About the timeframe to conclude the agreements, one official said that it takes one year to sign an ACSA while it takes as long as four years to ink a GSOMIA.

To a question on possible objection from China, the main supplier of arms to Bangladesh military, about the proposed purchases from the US, the official said that it was for Bangladesh to decide from where it would buy the arms.

Source: Dhaka Tribune
Bangladesh Army Aviation Group recently took delivery of their long awaited Diamond DA-20s. Registered S3-BRG (Bangladesh River "গোমতি") and S3-BRD (Bangladesh River " ধলেশ্বরী") these will act as a replacement for their fleet of four Cessna 152 which were received in 1982 and had started to show their age.

The Diamond DA20 Katana is an Austrian-designed general aviation light aircraft and is a popular basic trainer for flight schools around the world.





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