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Ambitious modernization plan of the Bangladeshi Military

This is a discussion on Ambitious modernization plan of the Bangladeshi Military within the Geo-strategic Issues forum, part of the Global Defense & Military category; Originally Posted by Twinblade Cut off the Siliguri bottleneck, and try holding it while accepting massive battering on east, west ...


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Old September 13th, 2011   #61
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Cut off the Siliguri bottleneck, and try holding it while accepting massive battering on east, west and south. Hold it long enough to separate India into two at least on paper (In reality Troops will be readily maneuvering from Nepal and Bhutan) and play the diplomatic cards.

However India doesn't have much to complain from Bangladesh. Illegal immigration is on the downward spiral following erection of massive fencing (and unofficial shoot to kill policy), there is an active collaboration on terrorism and cultural bonds are strong. So no, the reasons for any kind of war are non existent.
If that inhumane and disgusting act was stopped, and the water sharing issue tackled, then the relation between the 2 populations would have been a lot better.
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Wouldn't it serve against Bangladesh and make it easier for the Indian AF to secure the skies over Bangladesh?
Actually smaller air space is easier to defend. An expensive IADS is being set up as we speak and will be completed at around 2015, also by which time, newer generation fighters and AWACS air craft will be inducted into our air force. More modern MANPADs are also being introduced at infantry level, so Insha'Allah our air defence capability should be good enough to properly defend our air space.
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Actually smaller air space is easier to defend. An expensive IADS is being set up as we speak and will be completed at around 2015, also by which time, newer generation fighters and AWACS air craft will be inducted into our air force. More modern MANPADs are also being introduced at infantry level, so Insha'Allah our air defence capability should be good enough to properly defend our air space.
The lack of depth and approach from all sides would place maximum of these assets under the threat of short ranged surface to surface missiles. Smaller area also makes the job of space assets easier, plus there is an added EW threat.
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India-Bangladesh first-ever joint military exercise

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India is fielding around 40 troops of its elite 21 Para (Special Forces) battalion for the exercise whereas the Bangladesh Army will deploy one of its Para Commando battalions, they said.

Around 40 to 50 troops will take part in the exercise, they said.

The officials said the two sides are aiming to further enhance their mutual understanding through increased military- to-military contacts.

Military relations between the two sides received a boost when Indian Army Chief General V K Singh had visited Dhaka last year and gifted howitzers and modern computers to the Bangladesh Army.
I wouldn't be surprised if there are joint/ coordinated campaigns against HuJI and ULFA in border areas from now on.
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I wouldn't be surprised if there are joint/ coordinated campaigns against HuJI and ULFA in border areas from now on.
This is the follow up exercise, our Para commandos went to India earlier for a similar exercise.
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This is the follow up exercise, our Para commandos went to India earlier for a similar exercise.
I think i missed that one. Where exactly was the exercise held in India ?
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I think i missed that one. Where exactly was the exercise held in India ?
I don't remember, read the article some time ago.
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Here is the link to the MOD's medium term expenditure(2011-2012)

http://www.mof.gov.bd/en/budget/11_1...TJLuZ5xtAQmRx9

Some of the devlopments done so far(as from the report)-

Bangladesh army-

Order of good no. of APCs from Russia.

Bangladesh Air force-

16 fighters(F-7BGS)

16 trainers(don't know which model, still digging)

6 attack choppers(probably more mi-17sh or could also be dedicated AH)

1 SHORAD system

4 radar systems

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In details in the Bangladesh Navy thread
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The newly procured FM-90Bs tok part ina n air defense exercise recently.

So far we are the only export customers for this new varaint of FM-90.

Also, the chief of the BAF confirmed the order of 16 new F-7s, F-7BGI and yes these are newly built air craft so F-7 production line is still open.


Edit-Apparently they reopened a closed line to accommodate BAF's order.
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21st Nov was the national Armed Forces day, here is a great video-a part of the special Anirban TV program-

Bangladesh Armed Forces Modernisation Highlights - 2011 - YouTube
This video highlights the modernization progress in 2011.

This gives details on the EW company of the army, the aeronautic complex, new radars, SAMs, new SPH, new AGL, new Artillery locating radar etc.



Also interesting news, the F-7BGIs have a totally redisigned nose similar to the JL-9. They F-7BGIs will replace the A-5s it seems.
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Here is what our Air forces chief presented in the International Fighter conference -

IQPC International Fighter: Defence IQ's Leading Jet Fighter Conference
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Bangladesh army signed a contract for 18 NORA B-52K1 SPH with Serbia.

This will be used for counter bombardment purposes, and will most likely be deployed near the Burmese border. These SPH have a max range of 45 km and with new munitions being developed will soon have a range of over 70 km, perfect for tackling Burmese artillery stationed 30 km from our border.

The B-52 K1 is the latest production model, Bangladesh has been in talks with Serbia for a while over this. More battalions of this SPH will be ordered.
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More news on the new F-7BGI-

1.They will have 3 multi function display screens
2.HOTAS
3.Newly designed nose so probably a new radar.
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PM inducting the FM-90B into the BAF-

Remain ever ready to protect sovereignty, PM asks air force

Also she adressed the setting up of the Bangabandhu Aeronautical Centre at Kurmitola Air Force Base. This complex is being built with the help of the Chinese.

This complex will-

Repair damaged air craft
Overhaul existing air craft
Make spare parts for air craft
Hopefully by 2020 will build light planes.
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Here is another F-7BGI report-

Bangladesh Air Force next year China will receive 16 new aircraft Jianqi


Bangladesh Air Force next year China will receive 16 new aircraft Jianqi Military of China, force comment.


The chief mentioned that the F-16, Mig-29, Gripen and Su-30 are being looked at.

For starters, I am extremely pessimistic about the F-7BGIs and think they are a complete waste of resources, its like the BAF has given up on our fighter wing, the army and the NAvy have very little faith in the air force and are purchasing sophisticated anti air defence systems of their own.

The F-7BGIs will be nothing more than target practices in war, I get it that they are going to replace the A-5 as our main ground attack air force but whats the point of dedicated ground attack air craft when you do not have any fighters to give them cover.

I do not know how long this so called "stop Gap" is going to be, but I hope it will be short.

We need at least 2-3 sq(36-48) new fighters immediately.
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