Bangladesh Air Force reveals massive expansion plan

Bangladesh Air Force reveals massive expansion plan

The Bangladesh Air Force has hinted at a massive expansion plan that is currently in the pipeline comprising of fighter aircraft, airborne radar, ground based air defence systems and indigenously manufactured aircraft and munitions.

Our correspondent at the ‘Armed Forces Hardware Display 2024’ witnessed posters containing key information that indicate the process is on for enhancing the capabilities of the Bangladesh Air Force in a grand manner.

The plan includes:

  • Multirole Combat Aircraft: Eurofighter Typhoon/Dassault Rafale
  • Multirole Fighter (Single-Engine): Chengdu J-10E
  • Airborne Early Warning & Control Aircraft: Boeing E-3 Sentry
  • Medium Range Air Defence System: LY-80D

The Bangladesh Air Force will require at least 32 Eurofighter Typhoon (or Dassault Rafale) MRCAs, 64 J-10 fighters, 3 AEW&C aircraft and numerous batteries of MRSAM deployed across Bangladesh’s air defence network that also comprises of SHORAD batteries.

The Armed Forces Hardware Display event also showcased the indigenously developed Bangabandhu Basic Trainer-2 or BBT-2. Its development had begun in 2020 and was completed by 2023 using almost entirely Bangladeshi made components except for the engine. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 180 km/h and a service ceiling of 10,000 ft. Its first flight was on 26 October 2023.

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