Bangladesh buys two sub­marines from China

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BANGLADESH took de­liv­ery of its first sub­marines, bought from China, as it seeks to boost its naval power in the Bay of Ben­gal.

Bangladesh paid a re­ported sum of US$203 mil­lion for the two sub­marines, a deal that re­flects the coun­try’s grow­ing eco­nomic and de­fence ties with Bei­jing.

Armed forces spokesper­son Ta­poshi Rabeya said they would be­come part of the na­tion’s naval fleet at the be­gin­ning of next year.

Bangladesh has been ex­pand­ing its de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties in re­cent years, build­ing a new air­base close to neigh­bour­ing Myan­mar, open­ing sev­eral mil­i­tary can­ton­ments across the coun­try and adding 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, an­ti­tank mis­siles and other weapons.

She had 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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