Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka military matchup

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka military matchup

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka share historical and cultural similarities with the Sinhalese Buddhist majority tracing their roots to what is now present day Bangladesh.

The Armed Forces of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka enjoy extremely good ties with join training initiatives in full swing. Notably many Sri Lankan defence chiefs and commanders are alumni of Bangladesh military training institutions including the Bangladesh Military Academy, National Defence College and Defence Services Command & Staff College.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have witnessed their fair share of violence including war, terrorism and insurgency. Both nations successfully combatted national threats faced at different periods of history.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka share historical and cultural similarities with the Sinhalese Buddhist majority tracing their roots to what is now present day Bangladesh.

The Armed Forces of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka enjoy extremely good ties with join training initiatives in full swing. Notably many Sri Lankan defence chiefs and commanders are alumni of Bangladesh military training institutions including the Bangladesh Military Academy, National Defence College and Defence Services Command & Staff College.


General statistics:

  Bangladesh Sri Lanka
Area 147,570 km2 65,610 km2
Population 165 million 22 million
Ethnic groups Bangali (98%) Sinhalese (75%), Tamil (11.2%)
Religions Islam, Hinduism Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam
Fit for military service 40 million 4.2 million
Defence & security budget $7.1 billion $1.7 billion
National budget $61.52 billion 42.85 billion
Defence & security budget as percentage of GDP 2.2% 2.2%
GDP (Nominal) $320 billion $92.5 billion
Economic growth 7.8% 2.2%
Per capita income $1,909 $4,265
Forex reserve $33 billion $8 billion
Political system Parliamentary democracy Parliamentary democracy
Army 208,000 130,000
Navy 24,081 48,000
Air Force 19,000 28,700
Paramilitary 84,950 112,800
Police & law enforcement 6,456,000 76,139
Foreign military deployments Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia None
UN Peacekeeping deployments 6,471 670
Major military operations/wars 1971 war, CHT COIN, Gulf War (Op Desert Shield) World War II, SL Civil War
     

Military hardware:

Land warfare systems
Main/Medium tanks 306 202+
Light tanks/reece vehicles 143+ 117+
Armoured vehicles 1,619+ 453+
Combat engineer vehicles 90 32+
Multi-barrel rocket launchers 79+ 22
Self-propelled howitzers 18 0
Towed artillery 594 154+
Heavy mortars (120mm>) 106 110
Anti-aircraft guns 288 Unknown
Anti-aircraft missile launchers 41 None
MANPADS 600+ None
Anti-tank missile launchers 2,094+ Unknown
Sea warfare systems
Submarines 2 None
Frigates 8 2
Corvettes 10 0
Offshore patrol vessels 11 10
Attack craft 12+ 6
Coastal patrol craft 34+ 53
Smaller patrol craft 147+ 140
Amphibious vessels 23+ 6
Mine warfare vessels 5 None
Auxiliary ships 19 6
Military aircraft
Fighter aircraft 46 4
Ground attack aircraft None None
Jet trainers/light attack aircraft 35 5
Other training aircraft 46 10
Special missions aircraft 4 None
Transport aircraft 17 17
Attack helicopters None 9
Transport/multi-purpose helicopters 70 34
Naval fixed wing aircraft 4 2
Maritime helicopters 6 None
Light/utility helicopters 11 4
Unmanned aerial vehicles 36+ 16+

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