US-origin 3rd C-130J aircraft arrives in Dhaka
Published: 01:46 AM, 18 September 2020
C-130J aircraft received a traditional way of the air force at the Bangabandhu Air Base. (Photo: ISPR)
The 3rd C-130J transport aircraft procured from the United Kingdom for Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) arrived at Base Bangabandhu on Thursday after a successful ferry flight by a BAF aircrew.
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday that the mission was led by Group Captain Md Ahsanur Rahman of Bangladesh Air Force.
The plane landed in Cairo (Egypt) and Muscat (Oman) on way to Bangladesh.
According to the release, with the direction and relentless effort of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the government has taken various steps to modernize the BAF. Following the initiative, the government has taken steps to induct 05 US origin C-130J aircraft from the United Kingdom (UK) through Government to Government agreement.
The aircraft received a traditional way of the air force at the Bangabandhu Air Base. Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, and British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson were present on the occasion.
It is to be noted that The C-130J aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and sophisticated technology which would be utilized for transportation of materials, personnel, humanitarian assistance both at home and abroad and to support United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.
The BAF, however, has planned to induct all remaining aircraft in phases from the UK. The inclusion of this modern C-130J aircraft in BAF inventory will certainly enhance the transport capability and operational capability of BAF as a whole.