The numbers is understandable but for a BAF to eye ball something like the EFT or likewise makes no sense what so ever.I agree with you regarding threat assessment is the need of the hour. Perhaps it has been done and BAF has concluded we do not need an effective air force. If that is the case they should vocalise it. Perhaps BDs sovereignty is best maintained through economic prosperity and tight embrace of the global economy. It has worked for germany and Japan post WW2.
But I disagree that we do not need fighters in numbers. Our region is unpredictable and we are surrounded by dysfunctional fascist hedgemonistic states. We need a stong defense to guarantee our position.
This is lousiness on their part and just goes to show the type of leadership.
If BAF gets decent squadron numbers of fighter trainers and they know how to operationally interconnect and deploy those aircraft then they should do better than most countries.
The attitude of the countries leadership and inconsistent statements will take BAF no where but down the gutter.
If Bangladesh is serious about its Air force then honestly the L-159Alca and a hand full of Mig-29K or Mig-35 should do you the job.
Both of the Aircraft are nothing new for BAF and extensive training is not a factor.
BAF should primarily be a fighter trainer air force with a hand full of adv Migs for BVR....anything else is needle in a haystack.
BAF has to maintain is fleets of yaks better then they are!
The future BAF should look something like this;
30 ......... Yak 130 (advanced trainer, CAS and Point defense)
50 ......... L-159E ( CAS, Precision strike and CAP)
25 ......... Mig-29k/35
Upgrade the 8 Mig-29 to K standards.
Keep hand full of F-7BGIs running till they can.