K-8W trainer delivery delayed

K-8W trainer delivery delayed

On 20 June 2018 the Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) signed an agreement with China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC), for 7 additional K-8W intermediate jet trainers to complete the K-8W squadron at Jashore.

The aircraft have already been built and are awaiting delivery to Bangladesh.

But unfortunately due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic the delivery has been delayed. This is however not hampering flight training because the Bangladesh Air Force is utilising its L-39ZA fleet for the time being.

The aircraft are now likely to be delivered on or after 15 October this year.

Nine K-8W jet trainers were inducted in 2014. Of these two crashed totally destroying the hull of one aircraft and killing two pilots on 1 July 2018.

A second aircraft on 18 August 2018 upon takeoff due to engine failure. The aircraft skid off the runway and collided with a runway barrier. Both pilots survived the crash.

Almost all major defence hardware deliveries have been stalled except for a few items such as the C-130J deliveries.

Marshal Aerospace & Defence Group and the British government are have been commendable in terms of meeting the delivery deadlines according to Bangladesh Air Force officials.

Currently one C-130B transport aircraft is scheduled to travel to Canada for MRO. Four MiG-29B fighters have been dispatched to Belarus for upgrade works.

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