BAF to get modern helicopters, planes, says PM
Reaffirming her resolve to turn Bangladesh Air Force into a strategically and technically capable force, the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday said the force will get Mi- 171 and YAK -130 helicopters and PT-6 and LET-410 planes soon.
She said this while addressing the induction ceremony of the newly procured K-8W Trainer Aircraft to the fleet of Bangladesh Air Force at BAF Base Bangabandhu at city’s Kurmitola.
Hasina said Bangladesh Air Force would be turned into a strategically and technically sound, strong, and capable force through its further modernisation by 2021, the Golden Jubilee of the country’s independence.
K-8W is a Chinese-built jet trainer with state of art digital cockpit for basic and advanced jet training.
The aircraft has better ergonomics and improved capability compared to earlier versions of K-8W aircraft. It has modern avionics like Head Up Display, Multi-Function Display, customised GPS system with digital moving map.
Hasina expressed her high hopes that the induction of K-8W jet trainer would raise Bangladesh Air Force’s training capability to international standards and training would be safer and faster.
Besides, she said, the state of art technological materials, establishments, and modern management would expedite the efficiency, and operational capability of Bangladesh Air Force.
Hasina said her government, despite financial constraint, wants to build the armed force as an efficient, well equipped and modern force and would do whatever necessary to this end.
She expressed her strong belief that new generation technical equipment and better management would enhance the Air Force’s expertise and operational capacity.
The prime minister said she believes the BAF members would build themselves as qualified pilots for the new aircraft and the trainer pilots would show their higher flying efficiency through providing training not only at home but abroad, too.
Mentioning that the BAF members, working in the UN peacekeeping mission, earned pride and praise for the nation, and hoped that they would bring more achievements for the nation. Hasina said her government during its current tenure is working relentlessly to modernise the Air Force and enhancing its capability in light with Forces Goal 2030.[ Editor:yfs001]