Indonesia’s PT Pindad may export light tanks, armoured personnel carriers and assault rifles to the Bangladesh Army for the first time in a sign of growing ties between the two Muslim majority Asian nations.
PT Pindad’s Defence & Security Product Director Wijil Jadmiko Budi stated on 30 March 2021 that his company is in the final process of exporting an initial batch of six Anoa APC’s to the Bangladesh Army. They also offered SS2 assault rifles and that the Bangladesh Army specifically sought out Tiger light tanks.
The Bangladesh Army expressed interest on the Kaplan MT/Tiger light tanks since September 2018, however it later opted for VT-5 tanks from NORINCO. The Bangladesh Army is still however seeking amphibious tanks.
Earlier on 29 August 2007 a delegation from Bangladesh’s National Defence College visited PT Pindad’s factories.
A delegation led by the Chief of Staff of Bangladesh Army General Aziz Ahmed visited PT Pindad on the 22nd of August 2019. The high powered team inspected the entire line of PT Pindad products including Anoa APC, Badak FSV and Tiger light tanks.
The delegation members test fired the SPR-2 sniper rifle, which is a .50 BMG anti-material rifle based on the Zastava M93. It is fed from a 5-round box magazine and has a maximum range of 2,000 metres.
The Bangladesh Army officers also witnessed the firing display of Mo-2 60mm long range mortar and Mo-3 81mm mortar.
Defseca.com however has not been able to confirm the purchase of Anoa APC or any Indonesian origin defence products by the Bangladesh Army. The supply of the Anoa APC’s could be in form of gratis, however this is not mentioned in any documentation of the Bangladesh Army either.
The Bangladesh Army does have a strong interest in acquiring technology to manufacture various weapons through the Bangladesh Ordnance Factories (BOF) including assault rifles, machine guns, mortars, sniper rifles and various types of missiles. The Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) also plans production of armoured vehicles locally in partnership with a foreign company according to their development plans.