Sept.14, 2013 Bangladesh Defence Procurement
The Bangladesh Air Force received 8 more F-7BG1 from China last Sunday to make a full squadron of 16 fighter aircraft in the unit.
The F-7BG1 is the newest version of the F-7 series of fighter aircraft and boasts improved multi-role capabilities including launching of precision guided munitions and new generation Chinese air-to-air missiles. Each F-7BG1 cost $9.8 million according to bdmilitary.com sources in the Bangladesh Air Force.
The present government has procured 16 F-7BG1/FT-7BG1 multi-role fighter aircraft, one YLC-6C 3D radar and one JH-16 s-band AESA air defence radar from China. In addition 3 Mi-171Sh combat support and transport helicopters were also procured in the same period to strengthen the Bangladesh Air Force.
The Bangladesh Air Force is also set to receive 4 additional refurbished C-130Es from the United States of America under a $180 million purchase deal.
During the filing of this report the Bangladesh Air Force is in negotiation with Russian Rosoboronexport for the acquisition of 12 multi-role combat aircraft, 12 advanced jet trainers, two armed maritime patrol aircraft and nine other jet training aircraft under a $1.5 billion dollar state export credit facility provided by the Russian government to boost the Bangladesh Air Force’s capabilities.
The Bangladesh Air Force is rejuvenating its aircraft inventory after years of neglect. Ground based air defence will also be improved with the introduction of Russian and Chinese anti-aircraft missile systems, radar and air defence command and control centres.