BNS Madhumati to get anti-ship missile capability

BNS Madhumati to get anti-ship missile capability

The Bangladesh Navy is upgrading the armaments of one of its major offshore patrol craft to improve its combat capabilities.

The upgrade works will be carried out indigenously in Bangladesh by naval engineers with the technical assistance of Poly Technologies Inc of China.

The Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) has confirmed the Bangladesh Navy ordered eight C-802A anti-ship missiles along with associated support equipment and launchers.

Under the project BNS Madhumati will be fitted with two quad box launchers for C-802A anti-ship missiles, which have a maximum range of 190 km.

BNS Madhumati is presently armed with a Bofors 57 mm/70 Mk 1 main gun system, a 40 mm/70 secondary gun and two Oerlikon 20mm guns.

Madhumati was built by Hyundai Shipyard, South Korea. She was originally ordered for the Coast Guard in July 1995 and delivered in October 1997. She was commissioned into the Bangladesh Navy on 18 February 1998. The ship is very similar to South Korean Coast Guard vessels, but possesses improved fire equipment and Vosper stabilisers.

In November 2008, Madhumati along with BNS Abu Bakar and BNS Nirbhoy intercepted Myanmar Navy ships at a disputed region of Bay of Bengal where they were supporting an exploration of oil and gas fields. Madhumati was deployed to Lebanon with the UN mission United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from 17 May 2010 to 14 June 2014. She returned to Bangladesh on 11 August 2014.

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