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23 types of weapons added to armed forces in 5 years

At least 23 types of modern combat equipment have been added to the Bangladesh Armed Forces in five years from 2018 to 2023, Armed Forces Division (AFD) today informed a parliamentary standing committee.

AFD also informed the committee on the defense ministry that in light of the Forces Goal-2023, these war equipment have been purchased or added in order to modernise and enhance the capabilities of the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

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AFD, at a meeting at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban, informed that these equipment were procured from 12 countries. There are also two types of new equipment which were made in Bangladesh.

However, the report did not mention how many equipment were purchased and how much was spent on them.

According to the information placed by the AFD, 11 types of combat equipment have been added to the army between 2018-2023.

These include China's Light Tank, Turkey's various types of Armed Personnel Carrier (APC), Turkey's Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), Singapore's Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL), Serbia and Turkey's Regimental Field Artillery Weapon System, Spain's Fixed Wing Medium Utility Aircraft, South Africa's Semi-Automatic Grenade Launcher (SAGL), Turkey's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), China and Switzerland's Battery Radar Control Air Defense Gun (RCG) system, Germany's Armored Recovery Vehicle (ARV) for tanks and China's Surface to Air Missile (SAM) system.

Eight types of combat equipment have been added to the Navy. These include Khulna Shipyard and Chinese-made Patrol Craft (PC), Chinese frigates, various types of Chinese missiles and equipment, various equipment for the naval dockyard, Italian utility helicopters, Landing Craft Tank (LCT) made at Khulna Shipyard, Canada's V-SAT. (VSAT) network system and construction of submarine base BNS Sheikh Hasina.

Four types of combat equipment were added in Bangladesh Air Force. These include the UK's MK-5 aircraft, France's air defense radar, Italy's fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle and Germany's primary trainer aircraft.

Chairman of the committee Muhammad Shubid Ali Bhuiyan chaired the meeting. Committee member--Muhammad Faruk Khan, Motahar Hossain, Nazmul Hasan, Nasir Uddin, Mohibur Rahman, and Nahid Naheed Ezaher Khan attended it.