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The Bangladesh Army is purchasing multi-layered air defence systems from different countries to fulfil its air defence requirements. Among them will be gun and missile based systems acquired from friendly countries and obtained from the BOF.

Currently 35mm GDF-009 with FCR are under purchase along with VSHORAD, SHORAD and MRSAM.
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Bangladesh Armed Forces Division
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Defseca has obtained exclusive photos from the construction site of a Bangladesh Navy submarine base being developed by a Chinese state owned company.

The $1.22 billion submarine base is the largest ever base building project undertaken by the Chinese outside its own territory.

It signifies the start of a new strategic partnership between Dhaka and Beijing. A full report is coming soon for members.
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Padma Multi-Purpose Bridge
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Hi !

I just joined this forum because recently the type 69 II G has been introduced into the video game "war thunder". The thing is, there have been conflicts to know if the vehicle was representated correctly. Depending on the source I can find, it has either a 105mm gun or a 120mm, a thermal imager sight or not etc.

So I think asking the experts might be a better idea, and here I am

Excuse me if this isnt the good location or if it's off topic, I'm a bit lost

Thanks in advance for your anwsers !
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The Bangladesh Ordnance Factories or BOF has started full scale production of 122mm guided and unguided rocket systems at its new facility. BOF is gearing up to manufacture all 120mm, 122mm, 155mm ammunition indigenously. At present it only makes 105mm ammunition with help from China.

Making such ammunition is integral towards reaching a degree of basic self-sufficiency. Its critical that Bangladesh armed forces be equipped with own line of ammunition for army, navy and air force.

At a basic stage BOF and BAF should be making:

Mortar shells (60mm, 81mm, 82mm, 120mm)

Artillery ammunition (105mm, 122mm, 155mm)

Naval missiles (C-704)

Naval mines (NATO/Chinese)

Naval gunnery munitions (35mm, 37mm, 40mm, 76mm, 76.2mm, 100mm) 

Aerial bombs (smart and general purpose)

Air defence gun munitions (12.7mm, 14.5mm, 35mm, 37mm, 40mm, 57mm)  

MANPADS (FN-16, QW-18)
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BSF kills two Bangladeshis

Our Correspondent, Lalmonirhat
Two Bangladeshi cattle traders were shot dead allegedly by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along Hatibandha border in Lalmonirhat yesterday morning.

Omar Faruq, officer-in-charge of Hatibandha Police Station, said they, along with the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), recovered the bodies from Bonchauki border in Gotamari upazila.

The bodies of Suruj Islam, 18, and Suruj Mia, 37, of Amjhola village in the upazila, were sent to Lalmonihat Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsies, our Lalmonirhat correspondent reported.

Quoting witnesses, Tapas Chandra, commander of Banchauki BGB Camp, said BSF patrol team of Setai camp in Cooch Behar district of India’s West Bengal opened fire on the duo when they were entering Bangladesh with Indian cattle.

Lt Colonel Tauhidul Alam, commander officer (CO) of Lalmonirhat 15 BGB Battalion, said they sent a letter to BSF protesting the killing of the two Bangladeshis.

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The Bangladesh Air Force will procure a squadron of maritime strike fighter aircraft equipped with 12 airframes.

In consideration were Su-30 and now F/A-18.

The purchased aircraft will be new, they will come with a comprehensive weapons and support package including anti-ship missiles, anti-radiation missiles, BVR and SRAAMs, various ground attack munitions including drop and precision guided ones, rockets and fixed aircraft cannons.

In my view the F/A-18E/F would be the most potent symbol of BAF power at sea in terms of capability, benefiting from scale of economy in terms of pricing, integration with EFT and land based Western origin air defence system (such as Leonardo and Thales radar network/sensors).

The maritime strike fighter aircraft acquisition will occur after the first squadron of MRCA's are purchased.
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The Bangladesh Army ordered one regiment of VT-5 light tanks with eventual requirement for 200 plus units.

The order was confirmed by CAS Gen Aziz Ahmed as well as numerous Bangladesh Army related programs (videos) last year.
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প্রদর্শনের জন্য মেট্রোরেলের নমুনা কোচ ঢাকায়
 প্রকাশিত ০৮:১৭ রাত ফেব্রুয়ারি ১৭, ২০২০

সাধারণ মানুষের দেখার ও শেখার জন্য  কোচটি প্রদর্শিত হবে

প্রদর্শনের জন্য মেট্রোরেলের প্রথম কোচ (নমুনা কোচ) রাজধানীর উত্তরার দিয়াবাড়িতে রাখা হয়েছে। নমুনা কোচ হওয়ায় মূল পরিবহন বহরে এটি সংযুক্ত হবে না।

সোমবার (১৭ ফেব্রুয়ারি) সকালে মেট্রোরেলের ডিপোর কন্টেইনার থেকে কোচটি বের করা হয়।

ঢাকা ম্যাস র‌্যাপিড ট্রানজিট লিমিটেডের (ডিএমটিসিএল) ব্যবস্থাপনা পরিচালক এম এ এন ছিদ্দিক জানান, কোচটি জাপানের মিৎসুবিশি ও কাওয়াসাকি থেকে তৈরি করে আনা হয়েছে। এই কোচ শুধু প্রদর্শন করা হবে। মূল কোচগুলো যে উপাদান দিয়ে যেভাবে তৈরি করা হবে এটিও সেভাবেই তৈরি হয়েছে। উত্তরায় মেট্রোরেলের যে তথ্যকেন্দ্র নির্মাণ করা হচ্ছে সেখানে সাধারণ মানুষের দেখার ও শেখার জন্য  কোচটি প্রদর্শিত হবে।

তিনি আরও বলেন, উত্তরার দিয়াবাড়িতে মেট্রোরেলের ডিপোর পাশে ভিজিটর সেন্টার নির্মাণের কাজ প্রায় শেষের দিকে। এমআরটি তথ্য ও প্রদর্শন কেন্দ্রের ভেতরেই রাখা হয়েছে নমুনা ট্রেনটি। সেখানেই দর্শনার্থীদের টিকিট কাটা, ট্রেনে চড়া, দাঁড়ানো, ট্রেন থেকে নামা-এসব বিষয়ে ধারণা দেওয়া হবে। প্রদর্শনীর জন্য কোচটি আগামী মাস থেকেই উন্মুক্ত করা হবে। আর যাত্রীবাহী মেট্রোরেলের মূল কোচগুলো ১৫ জুন বাংলাদেশে এসে পৌঁছবে।

আগামী ২০২১ সালে বিজয়ের মাসে জনগণ মেট্র্রোরেলে উঠবে বলে আশা প্রকাশ করেন এম এ এন ছিদ্দিক বলেন, "সেই লক্ষ্যমাত্রা মাথায় রেখেই আমরা কাজ করে যাচ্ছি। দেশে আসা মেট্রোরেল ট্রেন সেট জাতীয় পতাকার রঙে সাজানো থাকবে।"

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02:22 PM, March 03, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:39 PM, March 03, 2020

2 including BGB man killed in Khagrachhari clash: police

Star Online Report

Two people including a member of Border Guard Bangladesh were killed in a clash between the para-military force and timber traders in Matiranga upazila of Khagrachhari this afternoon, police said.

The clash took place when BGB members wanted to stop a timber-laden truck and were resisted by the traders, our Bandarban correspondent reports quoting Khagrachhari Additional Superintendent of Police MN Salauddin.

The bodies were sent to Matiranga Upazila Health Complex.

Details about the incident could not be known immediately.


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Who might be the next CAS?

Serving Lieutenant-Generals:
1. Lieutenant General Md. Mahfuzur Rahman - Principal Staff Officer , Armed Forces Division ( PSO AFD ), Prime Minister's Office- 5th BMA Long Course


2. Lieutenant General Shafiqur Rahman – Chief of the General Staff (CGS), Army Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment - 11th BMA Long Course

3. Lieutenant General Shamsul Haque – Quartermaster-General (QMG ), Army Headquarters, Dhaka Cantonment - 10th BMA Long Course

4. Lieutenant General Shafiuddin Ahmed – General Officer Commanding, Army Training and Doctrine Command (GOC ARTDOC), Mymensingh Cantonment - 9th BMA Long Course

5. Lieutenant General Sheikh Mamun Khaled - Commandant ,
National Defence College (Commandant, NDC ), Mirpur Cantonment  (also Colonel Commandant - Corps of Signals) - 5th BMA Long Course

Source - Wikipedia

I want to exclude Lieutenant General Md. Mahfuzur Rahman as he is alread 58. AFAIK,the serving age in armed forces is upto 60. By next year June he will be 59 and half. To me,Lieutenant General Shafiuddin Ahmed has the best chance 

Lieutenant General Sheikh Mamun Khaled is also from 5th BMA same as Lieutenant General Md. Mahfuzur RahmanRahman. So I suspect he doesnt have the remaining age

* I have a dream. In my lifetime I will love to see a lady CAS. 

** On yesterday,Indian SC cleared the path for 'women in commanding role' (source BBC)
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The Bangladesh Army has ordered 2,000 head to head communications sets from Type B countries in January 2020.

Range: 200 - 1,200 m

Origin: Type B countries

Security: Must be encrypted

A. For each head to head communication set (Personal Radio) with following accessories: (1) Transceiver- 01 No (2) Holster / carrying case -01 (3) Battery-02 (4) Headset-01 (5) Charger-01 (6) Wireless PTT-01 (7) Owner’s/ Operator’s Manual-01;

B. Programming kit including special designed Laptop (If any) (quantity-1 per 100 radios).
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Bangladesh Navy and Army have conducted the first ever joint defence exercise with the US and the UK military forces to promote regional stability as well as ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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BSEZ may bring in foreign investment of US$20b

IDJEZP, TOA Corporation signs contract to develop SEZ in N'ganj
 FE Report | Published:  January 28, 2020 11:38:43 | Updated:  January 28, 2020 13:56:52

Bangladesh Special Economic Zone (BSEZ), dedicated for Japanese investors, is expected to bring in foreign investment worth US$20 billion.

The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) being developed on 1,000 acres of land in Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj will be operational by 2022.

This was revealed at a contract signing ceremony between Infrastructure Development of Japanese Economic Zone Project (IDJEZP) and TOA Corporation held at a city hotel on Monday evening.

IDJEZP project director Saleh Ahmad and Executive Officer of TOA Corporation's International Division Masaki Uematsu singed the contract on behalf of their respective organisations.

The IDJEZP is a joint venture between the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) and Japanese Sumitomo Corporation.

Under the contract, Japanese firm TOA Corporation will develop the EZ exclusively for the Japanese investors.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus attended the ceremony as the chief guest while BEZA Executive Chairman Paban Chowdhury presided over the ceremony.

Minister to the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh Hiroyuki Yamaya, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Bangladesh office Hirata Hitoshi, and Chief Representative of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Dhaka Yuji Ando also spoke on the occasion.

This is the first EZ being established on a government-to- government (G2G) basis.
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Bangladesh Navy modernisation in 2020
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Is there any update on the MRCA procurement? Defseca published both about Typhoons and Mig-35s, and it's been going on for a while!
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The French Defence Minister Florence Parly is visiting Bangladesh today in a mission to sell Rafale multi-role combat aircraft and unmanned combat aerial vehicles amongst other military hardware.

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Maitri, Bandhan expresses increase frequency

Staff reporter, Dhaka

With a view to enhancing and improving people to people communication in a better degree, the authorities concerned have decided to increase the frequency of two Bangladesh-India passenger trains— Maitree Express and Bandhan Express.

The trains will bring changes to the previous schedule from four days a week to five days a week and from one day a week to two days a week respectively. 

The additional service of Maitree Express will commence from 11 February from Dhaka and return on 12 February from Kolkata.

While the additional trip of Bandhan Express will commence from 16 February from Kolkata and return on the same day from Khulna, says a press release.
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A China Belt and Road project becomes a corridor to nowhere
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Bapex finds gas in Srikail well


Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Bapex), the state-owned gas and oil exploration entity, has discovered new gas reserves in one of the development wells at Srikail gas field in Comilla.

Talking to The Independent, Alamgir Hossain, general manager of Bapex, said that they have found new gas reserves at a depth of 3,065 metres.

The official said they got the confirmation about the gas at about 8 pm yesterday.

“We have received 2200 PSI pressure in the exploration oil,” Hossain said adding that an estimate of the possible gas reserve in yet to be made. “We need a complete analysis to disclose information about the actual gas reserve.”
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Growing up I frequently heard people dismissing the Bangladesh Air Force. One day I heard the BAF had two helicopters (of course it was not true, but it was the measure of how lowly people thought of BAFs capabilities). 

Now today the BAF is coming back strong. They made commendable strides in rapidly expanding the helicopter fleet.
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BGB Mi-171E helicopter, yet to be assembled  though.
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The Bangladesh Air Force will procure either C-17 Globemaster III (second hand examples) or new A400M from Airbus. The acquisitions will significantly boost the transport capabilities of the air force and help the Army move its air mobile brigades to regional or international conflict zones rapidly.

In this regard we can say transport aircraft are the real power behind any air force instead of fighter aircraft.
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A short range ballistic missile or tactical battlefield missile can be used as a deterrence against enemy aggression. Missile technology had advanced since the Cold War era where largely ineffective Scud-Bs were on offer by OPFORs.

Bangladesh being surrounded by foes such as India and Burma on either side stands very little chance in a conventional war against these two countries possessing overwhelming superiority in manpower and equipment. And so my brethren we are in need of a game changer at a tactical level.

After successful induction of the long range MLRS the Bangladesh Army should set its sights on 1,000 km range short range ballistic missiles with the help of countries like Belarus, China, South Korea or Turkey. Some of these countries have technologies which can be exported to Bangladesh as conventional guided rockets with a range of 300 km or less. After Bangladesh Army receives them they can simply modify it with increased range for maximum effect.

The distance between Dhaka and New Delhi is roughly 3,500 km but Burma's business capital of Yangon is 980 km away.

Bangladesh can target most parts of Bihar, all of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Meghalaya, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura and all of Myanmar, Tibet, Bhutan, parts of Nepal, western Thailand and extremities of Laos. More importantly India's nuclear facilities and naval bases all over the Bay of Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Island would be within range of Bangladesh Army's SRBM.

I strongly believe this should be a national project by 2030.

Info and graphics credited to: @Asaf Khandekar @Syed Amar Khan


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