BAF will build fighter jets in Bangladesh: PM

Published: 23 Feb 2021

Samakal Correspondent

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said BAF will build fighter jets in Bangladesh and be able to defend country’s air space with our own aircraft.

The prime minister was addressing the “national standard” handing over ceremony of 11 and 21 Squadrons of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) at Bir Sreshtho Matiur Rahman Air Base in Jashore, joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban on Tuesday.

Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken steps to protect the country’s sovereignty and advance the country some steps ahead in defending it.

The prime minister said the government has started work of establishment of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University and aeronautical centre to move up space research and forward Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) and civil aviation.

Protecting the dignity of the national flag is the sacred duty of all the armed forces personnel, she said, mentioning that the National Flag is a symbol of nation’s independence, sovereignty, honor and dignity.

The premier said BAF always engages itself in nation’s constructive activities alongside its regular jobs.

She also thanked the BAF for its role in Covid-19 pandemic situation.

Recalling the efforts of Bangabandhu in building the BAF after country’s independence, she said the Father of the Nation in 1974 formulated Defense Policy for Bangladesh.

“Following the footsteps of Bangabandhu, we’ve formulated Forces Goal-2030 to make our armed forces a time-befitting and modern one, and we’ve started implementing it,” she added.

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