This EFT idea was floated by Esrar. Tbh it came about without any practical thinking for capabilities and affordability in mind.At the same time man, alot has happened.
Can you even imagine for a bit, the prospect of new build Eurofighter being bought by Bangladesh before 2017?
Fighter procurement takes time.
Also, I think the general state of the BAF needs major improvement before inducting these toys and that ALSO requires time.
The fact is BAF has probably been neglected for quite awhile.
What we don't know is if the government of Bangladesh is finally taking the needs of BAF seriously now or not.
Again, I say if BAF was a strong and capable force, the Rohingya issue on 2017 would not happen.
Air power is deterrence.
Bangladeshi capability in this regards it laughable.
Myanmar knew this and took advantage of Bangladeshi weakness.
And now what?
Bangladesh has to deal with the consequences.
If the government of Bangladesh hasn't learned by now, then what else is there to say?
The Bangladeshi people deserve better.
Also @Arthur pretty much said no new fighters until 2025.
Does anyone know where he is?
in business there’s a saying if you want to buy something, always ask yourself if you can buy the same thing 10 times.
can bd drop 2.5 bln into its squadron requirements? 10 sqd…?
nah their plan is to buy one squadron and live with it until they retire.
forget about affordability. We have seen how big of a financial loss the yak-130 crashes were… can we afford to lose a 156m dollar combat jet in peacetime much less war?
How about flight times? They churned out only 15 pilots in a batch recently… giving each pilot a minimum 200 flight hours also costs a lot. Will they be able to operate this jet at such costs?
there’s no pragmatic planning in any projects in bd. Always catchphrase, paper tigers. Getting a sqd of j10 would have boosted airspace security just as much.
Or gripen/ f 16s for the matter
Pakistan has the best airforce in subcontinent and yet they’re pragmatic about operational cost and deterrence. They found a good hi/ lo mix in f16s and jf17 and I’m sure project Azm will take f16s place.
what about Bangladesh? How do they plan to keep all 16 fighters operational and combat ready at all times? They’re going to fight with 8 against our neighbors hundreds?
we blame the govt, army and everyone in between but airforce need to take responsibility for this incompetence too.