The Bangladesh Armed Forces received five brand new Mil Mi-171SH tactical transport helicopters on 10 December 2015, manufacturer Russian Helicopters announced.
Made in the Ulan-Ude aViatin Plant the five choppers have been supplied including contemporary navigation systems to make them usable in almost any weather condition, day or night. The “Hips” – as the NATO-reporting name for the type goes – can accommodate up to 37 paratroopers, up to 12 wounded on stretchers or a cargo load of up to 8,818 lbs (4,000 kg ). In Bangladesh Air Force service the Mi-171 serves not only as transport, but also as search-and-rescue, medevac and training helicopter.
Bangladesh Mi-171 crash
The Bangladesh Mi-171SH order was signed in 2013 and is a follow up on two earlier purchases of each 3 machines. The Bangladesh Air Force is aiming at having 15 of the Mi-171SH in total, after another five were ordered this year. The quick calculators among you miss a 16th machine. True, that one crashed on Chittagong Airbase on 13 May 2015, injuring three crew.
Apart from the SH-version Bangladesh also flies 13 standard Mi-171s, three similar Mi-17s and two Mil Mi-17-1V for VIP duties, putting the total projected fleet at 30 Hips.
Delivery of the first Yak-130 training and combat aircraft to Bangladesh will begin next May, according to statements made during the international exhibition Aero India 2015 in Bangalore
A contract for 16 aircraft was signed in 2013, as part of a larger weapons sales worth 1 billion USD. Bangladesh is paying for all of this by means of a Russian loan.
Next to Russia, the Yak-130 is operated by Belarus, where training on the type starts this month. Vietnam is expecting deliveries also, with Kazakhstan also showing interest. Furthermore, the Yak-130 participates in tenders for trainer and combat aircraft in Malaysia and the Philippines.
Dhaka-based US-Bangla Airlines starts operating the Bombardier Q400 turboprops in April 2014, with two of the type acquired through a third party.
Powered by two new-generation, 5,071-shaft horsepower (shp) PW150A engines, and capable of flying at a speed of up to 360 knots (667 km/h), the Q400 aircraft can quickly climb for a propellor airplane.
US-Bangla Airlines (www.us-banglaairlines.com) is one of the sister concerns of the US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint-venture company. The airline company was registered in 2010, and is planning to launch domestic flights in April 2014, with the two Dash 8/Q400 aircraft.
The Bangladesh Air Force (Bānglādēśh Bimān Bāhinī) has ordered 24 Yakovlev Yak-130 light attack and advanced training aircraft from Russia, a spokesperson for Russian state export company Rosoboronexport confirmed in an interview with Russian newspaper Kommersant.
The two-seat aircraft is a joint development by Yakovlev and Italian Alenia Aermacchi. First flight was in 1996, with the first aircraft entering Russian Air Force service in 2009.
The Yak-130 can carry a payload of 3,000 kg (6600 lbs) and is also interesting for larger air forces as a lead-in trainer for its fighter jocks.
Apart from Russia, the Mitten (NATO-reporting name) also flies with the Algerian Air Force (16 aircraft). Mongolia (1), Belarus (4), Syria (36) have ordered the aircraft and Vietnam is said to be interested in receiving 8 Yak-130s. The Russian Air Force is even forming an aerobatic display team with the promising trainer.
No official word yet if the Yak-130s will replace any of the existing aircraft in Bangladesh service. The country currently operates aging Let L-39ZA Albatros as advanced jet trainers, with only up to 8 available.