The Bangladesh Army announced the acquisition of long-range multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) and missiles to enhance the overall fire projection capabilities.
Moreover, the purchase of 155 mm howitzers and sophisticated mortar systems are also in the final stages according to GOC ARTDOC, Lieutenant General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed.
The important purchases were announced during a regimental colour awarding ceremony of four units of the Bangladesh Army at the Shaheed Lieutenant Badiuzzaman Parade Ground in Bogra Cantonment on 9 November 2020.
Lieutenant General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed noted the importance of having a modern and capable army in the geopolitical context of the present and future. He stated that a structured modernisation process is underway to strengthen the Bangladesh Army.
The GOC informed about the induction of the Rheinmetall Defence GDF-009 35 mm anti-aircraft gun system. He said that the Army is currently evaluating, standardizing and procuring various state-of-the-art radar systems, simulators and meteorological systems.
According to the Lieutenant General, the Army inducted a state-of-the electronic-warfare system. He referred to the French-made Thales Electronic Warfare systems, which were delivered recently.
In the near future all cantonments will be linked up to the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to ensure seamless integration of communications, targeting and battlefield management systems of the Bangladesh Army.
The Army is also setting up fiber-optic and high capacity microwave transmission systems to allow uninterrupted voice and data communication to the zone headquarters from respective units.
The Bangladesh Army recently added a divisional signal battalion, a static signal company and two brigade signal companies to the newly established Barishal Cantonment as part of the expansion of the existing organisational structure.