Bangladesh Air Force to procure 12 Su-30 SME and 32 MiG-35 fighter aircraft for its aging Fleet. The Air Force also wants to diversify its defense equipment sourcing and has put emphasis on procuring NATO-standard military equipment. The Air Force is seeking to bolster its air combat capabilities through the induction of new generation state-of-the-art multi-role combat aircraft. Bangladesh Air Force hopes to acquire Su-30 maritime strike capable multi-role combat aircraft and 12+ Eurofighter Typhoon. The Sukhoi Su-30 each unite cost US$37.5 million, Mikoyan MiG-35 US$40 million & Eurofighter Typhoon cost €90 million Euro.
In The Third Bangladesh-United Kingdom Strategic Dialogue , 24 April 2019, in Dhaka, UK expressed its readiness to support Bangladesh with the procurement of high caliber Multi-Role Combat Aircraft alongside other modernization programs.
If everything goes well, Dhaka May go for Eurofighter Typhoon for its main multirole fighter fleet . Typhoon supremely effective dogfighter in combat also used in aerial reconnaissance and ground-strike missions .
At present, the Bangladesh Air Force operates MiG-29, Yak-130, and Mi-17 variants.
The acquisition of Russian fighter aircraft will strengthen its grapes in the sky. The air force officials remained tight-lipped about the contract value and delivery timeframe however another source claims the contracts for the combat aircraft will be signed within four months nor within this financial year. Many MIlitary experts in Bangladesh was not Interested in MIG, but Russia refused to sell Sukhoi Su-30 without Mig 35 package. Under a Government-to-Government deal, the acquisition of both Su-30ME as heavy maritime strike fighter and MiG-35 as medium multi-role combat aircraft to Bangladesh Airforce will boost its Capability. The aircraft will come with a full weapons\npackage, maintenance, training, associated transfer of technology.
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