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A number of countries that produce military equipment are keen to sell their products and services to Bangladesh and widen the defence cooperation with it.

The countries, which have sought to install mechanisms or to make the existing instruments operational for providing military supplies to Bangladesh, include the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Italy, Turkey, Belarus and India, among others.

Most of the countries want to export fighter aircraft, both manned and unmanned, short- and medium-range missiles, tanks, cannons and battleships, according to local and foreign diplomatic sources.

There are proposals made to Bangladesh for selling to it fighter planes, including Rafale of France, F-16 of the USA and Eurofighter Typhoon, a fighter jet jointly produced by the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

‘Discussions are on [with different countries]. Delegations are coming while our people, too, are going abroad to explore new sources for the modernisation of the Bangladesh Armed Forces in line with the Forces Goal 2030,’ foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen, who led the Bangladesh delegation in the recent strategic dialogue with the UK, told New Age on September 15 at his office.

The United Kingdom was the latest country to propose defence supplies to Bangladesh in the fourth strategic dialogue between the two countries in London on September 9.

A defence dialogue has also been planned for later this year in order to create opportunities for broader discussions on bilateral defence and military issues, including deployments, defence supplies and procurement, according to a joint communique on the strategic dialogue released simultaneously from Dhaka and London on September 13.

The UK wants ‘a structured discussion’ on defence issues, said Momen in relation to scopes for the defence dialogue mentioned in the communique.

Countries are getting interested to sell their defence products in view of the increasing purchasing capacity of Bangladesh, he told New Age earlier.


Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies president ANM Muniruzzaman said, ‘Defence purchases by Bangladesh have increased recently while the country is keen to diversify its sources of weapons to raise the capabilities of its armed forces.’

Many countries are keen to increase trade to reduce trade gaps with Bangladesh and selling expensive defence equipment is a good way for them, he said.

Bangladesh procures almost all of its medium-sized and heavy war equipment from foreign countries, said Muniruzzaman, a retired major general of the Bangladesh Army, adding that once China was a major source of conventional weapons and Russia of fighter planes.

There was a move to buy defence equipment from Pakistan, too, in the past, but Pakistan is no more on the list, he said.

According to Muniruzzaman, it is important for Bangladesh to drastically increase the capacity of its armed forces for securing its borders, both land and maritime, and the airspace in line with the Forces Goal 2030.

Holding defence dialogues with the militaries of powerful countries is important for Bangladesh as security issues are becoming multidimensional with the inclusion of containing terrorism as well as violent extremism in the agenda, he added.

French defence minister Florence Parly and Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed their intents to sell military equipment to Bangladesh during their visits to the country in March 2020 and December 2020 respectively.

France proposed selling Rafale, a twin-jet fighter aircraft, and unmanned combat air vehicles, among other military hardware.

Turkey expressed its intent to engage with Bangladesh in joint production and technology transfer in the areas of defence and other science-based sectors.

Italy, too, expressed its wish to sell to Bangladesh fighter jets, jointly produced with the UK, Germany and Spain, and frigates in February 2020.


The United States expressed its desire to export various military hardware, including Apache helicopters, to Bangladesh, according to US diplomats in Dhaka.

The US authorities are in negotiations with their Bangladesh counterparts on signing Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement and General Security of Military Information Agreement to facilitate transfer of advanced defence materials to Bangladesh.

The US expressed the need for signing the agreements as the two countries are considering taking the already established defence cooperation to a higher level.

India signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangladesh in 2017 opening a $500 million line of credit for it to buy defence goods from India.

India, during the visit of prime minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March 2021, requested it for an early operationalisation of the defence credit, according to the joint statement released on March 27.

China and Russia have been the largest defence hardware suppliers for Bangladesh for several decades.

The Forces Goal 2030, which was launched in 2009 and was revised in 2017, is a military modernisation programme of the Bangladesh Armed Forces.

The programme has been designed to boost the capabilities of the three forces of Bangladesh — the army, the navy and the air force.

With $4.6 billion spent on its armed forces in 2020, Bangladesh ranked 11th in military spending among the top 15 nations in the Asia and Oceania region in the year, according to an announcement of the Sweden-based Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in March 2021.

China, spending $262 billion in 2020, was on the top of the list, followed by India that spent $72.9 billion, Japan $49.1 billion, South Korea $45.7 billion, Australia $27.5 billion, Taiwan $12.2 billion, Singapore $10.9 billion, Pakistan $10.4 billion, Indonesia $9.4 billion, Thailand $7.3 billion, Malaysia $3.8 billion and Myanmar $2.4 billion, according to the SIPRI ranking.

Bangladesh was the 45th country in the Global Firepower Index 2020, a ranking in terms of the total available active military human resources of a country, while Myanmar is in the 38th position, Malaysia 44th and Philippines 48th.

Bangladesh commanded a foreign exchange reserve of $48 billion until August 2021, according to Bangladesh Bank data.

 
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Abu Shaleh Rumi

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I still believe with less than 5 billion USD we can't afford western military products. Only Chinese and Turkish military products we can afford in effective numbers.

Just my pov...
 

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The US authorities are in negotiations with their Bangladesh counterparts on signing Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement and General Security of Military Information Agreement to facilitate transfer of advanced defence materials to Bangladesh.
Are there any official sources confirming this ? Very big news if true.

A defence dialogue has also been planned for later this year in order to create opportunities for broader discussions on bilateral defence and military issues, including deployments, defence supplies and procurement, according to a joint communique on the strategic dialogue released simultaneously from Dhaka and London on September 13.
ar koto din opekkha korte hobe bhai ? MRCA dekhar shujog hobe kina janina
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I still believe with less than 5 billion USD we can't afford western military products. Only Chinese and Turkish military products we can afford in effective numbers.

Just my pov...
imo procurement budget is seperate from Defence budget and never made public.
 
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It's made public. But large purchases are usually done through planning ministry if I recall correctly.
That's one step of a multi step process. Need evaluation and sign offs from PMO, MoD and finance ministry as well. All major military purchases are handled by DGDP.
Most of the countries want to export fighter aircraft, both manned and unmanned,
I want to know who wants to sell us "unmanned fighter jets".
 

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foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen, who led the Bangladesh delegation in the recent strategic dialogue with the UK, told New Age on September 15 at his office.
This should be in bold letter. Foreign secretary saying means these are not speculative words from defence bloggers.
 

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This should be in bold letter. Foreign secretary saying means these are not speculative words from defence bloggers.
The things that they have quoted Momen on are already well known. We know very well that the UK has offered to sell various weapons during the dialogues.
The question lies with BD govt as to what they are going to procure.
 

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India that spent $72.9 billion,
One-third of this spending goes to maintain overbloated military pension which does not enhance military capability. So India's real defence budget should be no more than $45-50 billion. No other country spend this much for military pension like India. India has policy to give retirement at 35 years of age for common soldiers. Given that India's has to maintain an army 1.2 million strong, this early retirement policy created a lot of pensioners. The logic behind this early retirement is to 'keep army youthful'. So, most of defence budget of India is being spend on salary, pension and other benefits leaving little for arms procurement. According to various sources, 70 percent of Indian defence equipments are obsolete. So, $72.9 billion defence spending actually does not translate into proportionate military power. This is why Pakistan despite spending just 1/7th of Indian defence budget on military, keeping up military power balance with India.
 
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Pakistan is no more on the list,
We have nothing for you.We are upgrading our defence industrial capabilities.Ina Sha Allah one day we will attain full self reliance.

While Bangladesh is losing time.All BD friends are making progress in defence industry with good pace.Remember any country will do joint venture with you if it is in initial stages of development.Once he matures fully,he will only sell you products.no joint venture.for example, China did joint venture with us because they needed experience and money at that time.you will see no joint venture in future.they will sell their end products only.
same is true for Turkey.they transferred us even IP of Milgem Corvette because they needed experience and money.
Babgladesh should go for Milden submarine because only this is time to get technology from them.after success in milden they will not give you any technology.
 

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i think @leonblack08 post says its published so i was wrong. (We got the 2 subs for 200 million , i read it somewhere)
Subs were basically free. 200 million went into refurbishment and upgrades.
One-third of this spending goes to maintain overbloated military pension which does not enhance military capability. So India's real defence budget should be no more than $45-50 billion. No other country spend this much for military pension like India. India has policy to give retirement at 35 years of age for common soldiers. Given that India's has to maintain an army 1.2 million strong, this early retirement policy created a lot of pensioners. The logic behind this early retirement is to 'keep army youthful'. So, most of defence budget of India is being spend on salary, pension and other benefits leaving little for arms procurement. According to various sources, 70 percent of Indian defence equipments are obsolete. So, $72.9 billion defence spending actually does not translate into proportionate military power. This is why Pakistan despite spending just 1/7th of Indian defence budget on military, keeping up military power balance with India.
They could just introduce a meat diet and lower cost by increasing retirement age 😂
Pakistani 60 year old manage to life 2 ton AC themselves in the Middle East. An Indian on a meat diet should be able to do that
 

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