Bangladesh buys two Chinese submarines
Bangladesh took delivery yesterday of its first submarines, bought from China, as it seeks to boost its naval power in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh paid a reported $203 million for the two submarines, a deal that reflects the country’s growing economic and defense ties with Beijing. Armed forces spokeswoman Taposhi Rabeya said they would become part of the country’s naval fleet at the beginning of next year. “This is the first ever addition of submarines in Bangladesh defense force,” she said. Bangladesh has been expanding its defense capabilities in recent years, building a new airbase close to neighboring Myanmar, opening several new military cantonments across the country and adding new frigates to its naval fleet. In 2013 the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed a billion-dollar deal with Russia to buy fighter training jets, helicopters and anti-tank missiles. Hasina announced the plan to purchase two submarines the same year as part of her government’s move to build a modern navy to defend the resource-rich Bay of Bengal.
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