The Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) has a good number of vessels, aircraft and other capital equipment to expand its operational capabilities.
According to official documents obtained from the Ministry of Home Affairs by Defseca.com, the Bangladesh Coast Guard has initiated purchases of four Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), two helicopters and eight Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) under FY2020-21.
In addition the BCG acquired four flat decked pontoons, one bailey bridge and causeway with associated accessories. They also purchased two Harbour Patrol Boats.
A contract for one Fast Patrol Boat (FPB) was signed on 27/08/2020 with delivery to be completed in 2 years. The BCG also purchased two Hovercraft on 20/12/2020 and eight Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) on 11/03/2021, which are to be delivered within a year.
The Coast Guard force received 12.7 mm heavy machine guns with mounting accessories, Type 54 7.62mm pistols, 26mm signal pistol T-56 (BSP-2) and ammunition.
Besides equipment such as Night Vision Goggles (NVG), bulletproof jackets and bulletproof helmets were also procured.
Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haq NUP,BCGM,ndc,afwc,psc, the Director General of the Bangladesh Coast Guard visited the International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF’21) in Turkey to discuss procurement of additional offshore patrol vessels, patrol craft and other types of maritime equipment for the force.
The Bangladesh Coast Guard (BCG) was formed on 14 February 1995 as a paramilitary force. It is responsible to safeguard 710 km of Bangladesh’s coastlines and rights of the EEZ up to 200 nautical miles. Besides, the coast guard forces play an important role in search and rescue, disaster management, anti-piracy and counter-terrorism.
The Bangladesh government is enamouring the coast guard force according to short, mid and long term plans already set out by the paramilitary.