Bangladesh buys two submarines from China
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.