Bangladesh Naval Aviation

Operator Profile


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.


Current Aircraft Inventory
Bangladesh Air Force

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Chengdu F-7 37 37 0 Fighter-Bomber
Mikoyan Gurevitch MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum’ 8 8 0 Fighter-Bomber
Antonov An-32 3 3 0 Transport
Lockheed C-130B/E 4 4 4 Transport
LET L-410 Turbolet 3 3 0 Transport
AgustaWestland AW139 2 2 0 Utilityk
Bell 212 14 14 0 Transport
Mil Mi-17/171 ‘Hip’ 28 28 9 Assault/Utility
Bell 206 6 6 0 Trainer
Shenyang FT-6 9 9 0 Trainer
Guangzou FT-7 12 12 0 Trainer
Hongdu K-8 4 4 5 Trainer
Aero L-39 Albatros 7 7 0 Trainer
Yakovlev Yak-130 ‘Mitten’ 6 6 10 Attack


Country Profile

The Country


Bangladesh is located on the delta of the Ganges River in South Asia. It is bordered by India to the north, west and north-east, Burma (Mynamar) to the south east, and the Bay of Bengal to the south.

The terrain of Bangladesh is very low lying, with most parts less than 12 m (39.4 ft) above sea level. The county is crossed by 57 rivers, all flowing into the Ganges Delta, and therefore is quite susceptible to flooding. The three largest rivers are the Ganges (locally called the Padma), the Brahmaputra (locally the Jamuna) and the Meghna. The rich alluvial soil deposited by these rivers makes the land exremely fertile. The land area is 147,570 square kilometres (56,977 square miles).

The country has a population of 142.3 million (2011 figures), making it the most densely populated large country in the world. The population is made up of 98.5% Bengali, 0.2% Bihari, 0.6% various Sino-Tibetan Tribal groups, 0.2% Burmese and 0.5% others. In terms of religion, 89.7% of the population is Muslim, 9.2% Hindu, 0.7% Buddhist, 0.3% Christian and 0.1% other. The capital is Dhaka.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Bangladeshi History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Bangladesh
wikipedia: Bangladesh
wikipedia: History of Bangladesh


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Bangladesh.


Civil Aircraft Registrations:
Immediately after independence, Bangladesh civil aircraft used the unofficial registration prefix SB-xxx during July 1971, but then switched to the official prefixes of S2-xxx and S3-xxx.

All-time Bangladesh – civil aircraft register (S2-aaa S3-aaa).
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Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Force (Bangladesh Defence Force Air Wing)
Naval Aviation (Bangladesh Navy Aviation)
Army Aviation (Bangladesh Army Aviation)

Central Government Agencies

Govenment – VIP transport is provided by the Air Force
Border Guard Aviation (Border Guard Bangladesh) – no aviation unit
Coast Guard Aviation (Bangladesh Coast Guard)

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – private operators R&R Aviation and Square Air Ltd provide a total of 3 EMS helicopters
Police Aviation (Bangladesh Police) – no aviation branch
Police Aviation (Rapid Action Battalion)

Commercial Aviation

Biman Bangladesh Airlines
GMG Airlines
Royal Bengal Airlines

wikipedia: Airlines of Bangladesh
The World’s Airlines: Bangladesh
Operator Aircraft List Bangladesh

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None known.

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Airports in Bangladesh

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.

On Show

Aviation Museums

Bangladesh Air Force Museum, Dhaka
Liberation War Museum, Dhaka

Airshow Dates

Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

No Bangladeshi aviation magazines known.

Aviation Bibliography

Bangladeshi Aviation Bibliography – to be added

Web Links

To be added.