Air force to buy long-range radar by Tk 147cr

Shakhawat Hossain

The Bangladesh Air Force is going to purchase a long-range air defence radar to be set up in Barisal to bolster security system in the southern region, officials said.
The cost of the radar to be supplied by Finmeccanica of Italy has been fixed at Tk 147 crore.
Finmeccanica, also known as Leonardo, was selected by the air force in June from amongst five bidders for the deal.
Thales Raytheon System of France, Poly Technologies Inc and CETC of China and ANPC of the United States also competed in the bid.
Officials said that the air force had planned to pay the price in three phases with Tk 110 crore in the current financial year.
The air force sent a letter to the finance ministry for its approval for the payment of instalments to the supplier from the budgetary allocations.
The letter said that the radar would be commissioned in Barisal as part of the Forces Goal Vision 2030.
According to the Forces Goal Vision 2030, the air force has long-term procurement plans including acquiring new generation fighter aircraft between 2020 and 2025.
It received Yakovlev Yak-130 multi-role helicopter and AgustaWestland AW139 search and rescue helicopter on December 6, 2015.
The air force also purchased 24 training-cum-combat aircraft from Russia under $1 billion supplier’s credit in 2012.

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