DHAKA, Dec 22, 2013 (BSS) - Bangladesh Army entered into a new era as the much-awaited self-propelled (SP) guns and Metis M- 1 anti-tank guided missiles were inducted in the force today.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally handed over the Serbia- made 155mm NORA B-52 SP guns to the 11 SP Regiment, the lone SP Unit of Bangladesh Army, and the Russsia-made Metis M-1 missiles to the Infantry Regiment of Bangladesh Army in Tarmac Area at Dhaka Cantonment this morning.
She also handed over the China -made PF-98 anti-tank weapons
and Turkey-made light armoured vehicles to the Infantry Regiment
and sound ranging equipment to Locating Wing of the Artillery
On the occasion, a spectacular parade was held with the
participation of the members of Artillery and Infantry Regiments
of Bangladesh Army.
The Prime Minister accompanied by Chief of Army Staff
General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan inspected the parade riding on an
open jeep. The Premier also took a state salute.
Lieutenant Col Md Aminul Islam and Captain Md Sajib were the
parade commander and parade adjutant respectively.
Ministers, defence adviser to the Prime Minister, the chief
of air staff, defence attaches and advisers of different
embassies and high commissions and high civil and military
officials were present on the occasion.
Earlier on her arrival at the Tarmac Area , the Prime
Minister was received by the chief of army staff.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister hoped that with
the addition of most-modern canons, armoured vehicles and
equipment, the moral strength of the Artillery and Infantry
Regiments meaning all members of Bangladesh Army would be boosted
to a great extent.
\"I think that induction of most modern equipment in
Bangladesh Army would cross a crucial step in achieving the
Forces Goal-2030,\" she said.
Putting emphasis on a trained and well-equipped army, Sheikh
Hasina said her government has been working tirelessly to infuse
more dynamism into the Bangladesh Army.
"Our government has been making relentless efforts to infuse
more dynamism into the army keeping this mantra--Samare Amra,
Shantite Amra, Sarbatra Amra Desher Tore (we are in war, we are
in peace, we are everywhere for the country) ahead,\" she said.
The Prime Minister said modern helicopters, fourth
generation tanks, APC, missiles, weapon locating Radar and other
war equipment have already been inducted in Bangladesh Army
thanks to a coordinated ceaseless stride of different ministries
of the government.
Besides, she said, necessary equipment have been purchased
for Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Air Force.
Sheikh Hasina said most modern SP guns, sound ranging
equipment, anti-tank missiles and light armoured vehicles have
been procured for Bangladesh Army to build it as a well-equipped
modern force and Sonar Bangla as dreamt by Bangabandhu.
The Prime Minister said agreements have already been signed
to buy more modern war equipment including the multiple rocket
launcher system which would be inducted in the army very soon.
With the rotation of time, she said, Bangladesh Army which
was born with the spirit of the War of Liberation has now been
recognized as a well-educated, efficient and disciplined force.
"The efficiency and contribution of Bangladesh to maintain
peace and tackle natural disasters have been acclaimed by all in
the world and we are all proud of this," she said.
"At today's auspicious time, an allround team of Bangladesh
Army which was a long-cherished dream of Bangabandhu has remained
stood before me. So this auspicious time is very joyful,
passionate and glorious for me,\" she added.
Later, the Prime Minister visited the newly inducted war
weapons in the Tarmac Area.
source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)