Bangladesh to Invest in Weaponry

9 February 2010 (Last Updated February 9th, 2010 18:30)

Bangladesh has unveiled a ten-year development plan to procure weaponry to consolidate combat proficiency of its army, navy and air force. Planning Minister retired air vice marshal A K Khandker said the government had planned to buy various weapons of war and combat vehicles in the cu

Bangladesh has unveiled a ten-year development plan to procure weaponry to consolidate combat proficiency of its army, navy and air force.

Planning Minister retired air vice marshal A K Khandker said the government had planned to buy various weapons of war and combat vehicles in the current fiscal year as part of a ten-year development plan, according to TheHindu.com.

A total of 80 armoured vehicles, five armoured recovery vehicles, five armoured ambulances and two helicopters have to be bought immediately for Bangladeshi troops operating in UN peacekeeping missions, according to the minister.

In addition, seven tanks and one armoured recovery vehicle for the army are included in the list and are also to be procured urgently.

Khandker said the government has also approved in principle and allocated necessary funds to double the capacity of Bangladesh Ordnance Factory to produce ammunition for small arms.