Bangladesh Armed Forces: 23 types of military equipment bought in last five years

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At least 23 types of modern combat equipment have been added to the Bangladesh Armed Forces in five years between 2018 and 2023, Armed Forces Division (AFD) informed a parliamentary watchdog yesterday.

The parliamentary standing committee on the defense ministry was also informed that in light of the Forces Goal-2023, those war equipment have been purchased or added to modernise and enhance the capabilities of the army, navy and air force.

The AFD placed a report containing this information before a meeting of the parliamentary watchdog at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.

According to the AFD, those equipment were procured from 12 countries. Also, two types of equipment were made in Bangladesh.

However, the report didn't mention how many pieces of equipment were purchased and how much was spent on it.

Armed Forces Division said 11 types of combat equipment have been added to the army between 2018 and 2023.

These include China's Light Tank, Turkey's Armed Personnel Carrier (APC) and Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), Singapore's Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL), Serbia and Turkey's Regimental Field Artillery Weapon System, Spain's Fixed Wing Medium Utility Aircraft, South Africa's Semi-Automatic Grenade Launcher (SAGL), Turkey's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), and China's Surface to Air Missile (SAM) System.

Eight types of combat equipment have been added to the navy. These include Khulna Shipyard- and China-made Patrol Craft (PC), Chinese frigate, various types of Chinese missiles and accessories, Italian utility helicopters, and Landing Craft Tank (LCT) made in Khulna Shipyard.

Four types of combat equipment have been added to the air force. These include the UK's MK-5 aircraft, France's air defense radar, Italy's Fixed Wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Germany's primary trainer aircraft.

Standing committee members Muhammad Faruk Khan, Motahar Hossain, Nazmul Hasan, Nasir Uddin, Mohibur Rahman and Naheed Ezaher Khan attended the meeting, with committee Chairman Muhammad Shubid Ali Bhuiyan in the chair.

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