Air International 2018-02
R.Vandervord - Flying high in Bangladesh /Military/
After a 6,000km flight, this An-32 underwent a major overhaul by Factory 410 at Kiev-Zhuliany, Ukraine in September 2017 including an avionics upgrade. The remaining two An-32s will follow.
In 1998, Bangladesh ordered 24 MiG-29s, but due to payment problems only eight were delivered, spending a period of time grounded due to a lack of spare parts. They were put back in service with Indian help.
Of the 16 Yakovlev Yak-130 fighter-trainers delivered by Russia in 2015, three have already been written off in accidents.
Two of the seven L-39ZAs take-off for the final practice before the Victory flypast.
F-7BG F937 is operated by 5 Squadron in a blue and grey colour scheme, reminiscent of the two-tone blue that has now been replaced by grey.
The Bangladesh Navy took delivery of a pair of Dornier Do228-212NGs in 2013. Two more were recently ordered for security and SAR duties.
Two AW139s were acquired from AgustaWestland in 2015 for maritime patrol and SAR duties.
A number of Bangladeshi military aircraft carry quasi-civilian registrations in the S3- range, some in addition to serials. This is the Army's sole Cessna C208B Caravan, based at Tejgaon.
The Bangladesh Army's three Cessna 152s based at Tejgaon were fitted with smoke streamers on the wing struts for the flypast.