The Bangladesh Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed Government-to-Government (G2G) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Turkey’s Defence Industries or the Savunma Sanayii Başkanı for purchasing Roketsan’s products to equip the Bangladesh Armed Forces with NATO standard air, land and naval warfare weapons.
A delegation from Bangladesh went to Turkey to sign the important intergovernmental agreement that will bring the two Muslim-majority country’s defence forces closer in terms of strategic cooperation and standardisation of military hardware.
Ismail Demir, the President of Defense Industries (of Turkey) disclosed the agreement ceremony held on 29 June 2021.
Under the agreement Bangladeshi forces would have access to all products and services of Roketsan. The Turkish company already delivered the Tiger missile system to the Bangladesh Army earlier this month. The same company supplied the Bangladesh Air Force with Teber laser guided precision strike ordnance kits.
There are programs being initiated to equip the Bangladesh Navy with the latest anti-ship missiles from Turkey, whereas the Army and Air Force may obtain air defence systems, surface-to-surface missiles and advanced munitions. Bangladesh is set to become one of the top defence equipment clients of Turkey in the next 5 years.
Trade and diplomatic ties between the two countries are also experiencing a rapid increase as a result of proactive measures taken up by concerned government officials.