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Here is a small but significant piece of news...I don't know if someone posted it.

Bangladesh purchases air defence radar systems
Asaf Shahi
  • Published at 02:40 pm September 16th, 2021
GM400

The GM400 is designed to protect strategic areas or forces deployed in external territories, allowing for the detection of air threats in the battle space Collected

French defence electronics manufacturer Thales will supply two long range radar systems known as the GM400, reports French media.

French defence equipment manufacturer Thales has reportedly sold two long range air defence radar systems to the Bangladesh Army to enhance its battlefield surveillance network.

According to La Tribune newspaper, the French defence electronics manufacturer signed a contract with Bangladesh to supply two high-performance long range radar systems known as the Ground Master 400 (GM400), which have an instrument range exceeding 500km.

The GM400 is designed to protect strategic areas or forces deployed in external territories, allowing for the detection of air threats in the battle space.

The 3D AESA radar can improve situational awareness by building an accurate, up to date Recognized-Air-Picture under challenging battlefield conditions.

Thales claims the GM400, with its update rate of 6 seconds and an elevation coverage of up to 40 degrees, can continuously scan the airspace simultaneously, detecting all types of high, medium and low altitude targets.

Once detected, classification of targets as friend or foe is crucial in order to avoid fratricide fire. GM400 fused interrogation mode 5 enables quick Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) providing C2 centres with optimum response time and complete peace of mind.

The GM400's operational flexibility is also characterized by its highly mobile design. It fits into a 20-feet container, complete with a lifting system, it can be mounted on a truck and redeployed in less than one hour.

Radar operators can also use the decoys fitted on the radar to ensure survivability during war time operations. The algorithms ensure that the GM400 does not return false positive readings if deployed near places such as wind farms.

Key features of the GM400 include digital beam forming, S-band with GaN technology, full domain coverage every 6 seconds, MTBF of >3,000 hours, operational availability of 98.5%, chosen and planned maintenance with limited team.

The GM400 is named after its range at the time of its initial design. However, due to a series of software evolutions, the range exceeds 500km. It is available in fixed and mobile versions.

The Bangladesh Army may deploy the systems in standalone configuration, however it can be integrated in a national airspace surveillance network in cooperation with the Bangladesh Air Force and Bangladesh Navy.

Thales has sold over 70 GM400s to France, Germany, Finland, Estonia, Slovenia, Malaysia, Senegal and Bolivia in the past.

It is known as the most successful radar in its category since entry on the market 10 years ago. This latest acquisition from Europe signifies the rapidly developing defence ties between Bangladesh and the West. It also illustrates the Bangladesh Army’s desire to maintain a strong deterrence capability in the face of a fluid security situation in the region.

The systems will be integrated with the medium range air defence system, which is scheduled to be delivered to the Bangladesh Army, also from a NATO-member country. This latest contract secured by Thales comes in the back of contracts for electronic warfare systems and secure frequency hopping radio communication systems for the Bangladesh Army.

Thales is also supplying air traffic systems for the airports at Dhaka and Cox's Bazar including the STAR 2000 s-band air surveillance radar under a contract with the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).

Good to know we will be able to watch enemy assets penetrating our territory whilst BAF continues to twiddle their thumbs...
 
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Good to know we will be able to watch enemy assets penetrating our territory whilst BAF continues to twiddle their thumbs...
Good to see my go-to BAF insult catching up. :D
Hey, with these radars in operation, no one can say "they didn't know what hit 'em" about us.
We can now start praying early.
 
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Should not such long range radars work under BAF? Usually air forces handle these radar type things
It can add a lot of value to mobile battlefield management. For example, if you have concentrated mechanised infantry and heavy artillery in a particular region to repel a potential enemy advance, you want to monitor and act against any inbound enemy aircraft as early as possible.
 

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It can add a lot of value to mobile battlefield management. For example, if you have concentrated mechanised infantry and heavy artillery in a particular region to repel a potential enemy advance, you want to monitor and act against any inbound enemy aircraft as early as possible.
Ground to air missiles are under Army command and the tracking and F/C systems for missiles get their data inputs from the Thales GM400 AESA long-range ground radars.
 

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PM Sheikh Hasina - "BD achieved the capability to counter, in case if we are ever attacked"...what is she referring to? the new MLRS?
 

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Angry women on a level 3 flipout (crying, throwing things and screaming) are far scarier than MLRS - personal opinion...

If they can extend this to 100s of KM then I agree with you. :smart:
I hope BD adopts the Prussian drill someday
Not sure I would enjoy that - Prussian drill has a brutal dictatorial regime vibe to it.
What I would like to see is the contingents speed up the march.
 

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Not sure I would enjoy that - Prussian drill has a brutal dictatorial regime vibe to it.
What I would like to see is the contingents speed up the march.
Well Bangalis will find it hard to do the goose stepping....a la Russians...
 

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Should not such long range radars work under BAF? Usually air forces handle these radar type things
Normally an air force has quite a few squadrons of fighter planes and radars to watch over enemy intrusions. However, BAF lacks fighter planes. It is because the govt has not yet built the required airfields in certain locations.

Once the airfields are ready, BAF will certainly purchase a certain number of MRCA planes and along with these, it will buy also long-range radars. However, the time is not ripe yet when the needed infrastructures have not been built.

This may be the reason why BA is purchasing long-range missiles as a stop-gap measure.
 

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