2 new air bases to be built: PM
Published: 01:33 PM, 31 December 2017 Updated: 09:32 PM, 3 January 2018
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said two new air bases will be built in the country, one in Barisal and another in Sylhet, to further strengthen the force and increase its capability.
The prime minister said this while addressing the President Parade of 74 Bangladesh Air Force Academy (BAFA) Course and Direct Entry 2017 Course of Bangladesh Air Force Officer at BAF Academy Parade Ground in Jessore on Sunday morning.
Expressing her firm optimism that Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) would be turned into a most modern air force soon, Sheikh Hasina said, "In terms of technology and strategy, Bangladesh Air Force will be established as a most modern, professional and all-round air force at home and abroad soon Insha Allah.”
Multirole combat aircraft, modern basic training helicopters, jet trainer aircraft, simulators, unmanned aerial vehicle system, long and short range air defence RADAR and medium range surface to air missiles are going to be added to the air force. Besides, the organogram of the air bases and headquarters was approved, the prime Minister added.
The premier asked the Bangladesh Air Force members to stay always ready for playing a role in any need of the country alongside safeguarding its (country) independence and sovereignty.
Sheikh Hasina also directed the newly-commissioned air force officers. She said, "You`re the children of the country and never think yourselves isolated from the common people ... you`ll always try to bring smiles on their faces."
After reaching Jessore in the morning, Sheikh Hasina attended the President Parade-2017 at the BAF Base Matiur Rahman around 11 am. On her arrival at the venue, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Abu Esrar and Commandant of BAF Academy Air Commodore ASM Fakhrul Islam received the premier.
Later, the premier reviewed the smartly turned-out parade and took salute at an impressive march past as the chief guest while she also handed over trophies, certificates and flying badges among the flight cadets.
Flight Cadet Academy Under Officer Ahmad Musa commanded the parade, which was followed by a spectacular fly past of different BAF aircraft.
The program was also attended by ministers, parliament members, army and navy chiefs, diplomats, senior civil and military officials, distinguished people in the region and guardians of the flight cadets.