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.
|July 1971||Bangladesh Navy first established.|
|14 July 2011||Aviation Wing first established.|
|2013||First fixed-wing type obtained – Do 228.|
All BN aircraft and helicopters currently are currently active.
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.
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.
Coding system not used.
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|
|Dornier Do 228NG||2||2012||current||Germany|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
Naval Headquarters, Banani, Dhaka.
The Air Wing is the only current flying unit.
Current Order of Battle
Historical Orders of Battle
All-Time Flying Units List
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
A list of Aircraft-Carrying Ships is to be added.
To be added