Bangladesh Naval Aviation

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Bangladesh Nou Bahini
English Title:
Bangladesh Navy
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The Bangladesh Navy first came into being during the Bangladesh liberation war, when East Pakistan broke away from West Pakistan control. Two former Pakistan Navy ships and many personnel from Bengal defected to the Bangladesh side. Several combat operations were carried out before the end of the war.

After independence the Navy was expanded with a number of former Royal Navy Frigates and became a blue water navy. An aviation wing was not formally established until 2011, when two AgustaWestland AW109 helicopters were accepted into service. Two Dornier Do 228NG maritime patrol aircraft joined the service in 2013

In 2012 an ambitious military modernisation plan was approved called Forces Goal 2030. This called for a significant expansion of the surface fleet and of the aviation wing. In 2014 three Harbin Z-9C helicopters were ordered from China for delivery 2015-2016.

Key Dates

July 1971 Bangladesh Navy first established.
14 July 2011 Aviation Wing first established.
2013 First fixed-wing type obtained – Do 228.

Current Status

All BN aircraft and helicopters currently are currently active.

Future Plans

Up to 20 Maritime Patrol aircraft are required, a combination of additional Do 228 aircraft and a longer range type is likely.
Up to 50 UAVs are required for surveillance of the Bay of Bengal. The indigenous BAC Baaz has been selected.
A squadron of jet combat aircraft is planned to be acquired.
Additional helicopters will be required to operate from the helicopter decks of the expanded surface fleet.


National Insignia

Bangladesh Navy fixed-wing aircraft operate in an overall white and blue colour scheme with green and red roundels, outlined in white on the blue areas, located in the normal six positions – above and below each wing and on the fuselage sides. A naval ensign, in the form of the Bangladesh flag in the corner of a white rectangle, appears on the fin. The service titles BANGLADESH NAVY appear on the port side in English and starboard side in Bengali script.

The helicopters operate in an overall light grey colour scheme, with the Bangladesh roundel (with no outline) located on the front face of the main rotor fairing and the naval ensign on the tail rotor pylon. The service titles BANGLADESH NAVY appear on the port side in English and starboard side in Bengali script.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Dornier Do 228NG 2 2 0 Maritime Patrol
AgustaWestland AW109 2 2 0 Search and Rescue
Harbin Z-9 0 0 2 Search and Rescue

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
AgustaWestland AW109 2 2011 current Italy
Dornier Do 228NG 2 2012 current Germany
Harbin Z-9 2 2016 n/a China

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Naval Headquarters, Banani, Dhaka.

Organisational Structure

The Air Wing is the only current flying unit.

Current Order of Battle

As above.

Historical Orders of Battle

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Air Wing.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

BN fixed-wing patrol aircraft are based at Dhaka International Airport. The helicopters are based at Chittagong Air Station within the Chittagong naval base.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.
A list of Aircraft-Carrying Ships is to be added.

More Information


None known.


To be added


wikipedia: Bangladesh Navy
wikipedia: Future of the Bangladesh Navy
Official website
Facebook: Bangladesh Navy
Growing Bangladesh Navy

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.


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