You can read the interview published in the 80th Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review here:
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The defence industry cooperation between Turkey and Bangladesh continues to evolve and strengthen. We talked with Brigadier General Md Tariqul Alam Tariq, the Defence Attaché of Bangladesh to Turkey, who has played a significant role in the development of relations between the two countries, and who was kind enough to take the time to answer our questions about the point achieved in this cooperation.
MSI TDR: The Turkish companies participate in various defence and aerospace projects in Bangladesh. Can you give us information about these projects?
Brigadier General TARIQ: Many of the Turkish Defence Industries are already engaged with DGDP (Directorate General of Defence Purchase) for the procurement of various defence products of Bangladesh Armed Forces. In the past, Bangladesh Armed Forces procured various defence hardware through DGDP tender or direct purchase under G2G contract. In the recent past, Bangladesh Army procured different types of Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) like Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP), Tactical (Tac) and Command (Comd) from OTOKAR. A procurement contract has been signed last year between Bangladesh Army and ROKETSAN to procure Multiple Launcher Rocket System (MLRS) for Bangladesh Army. The project is in progress. Besides, many other defence products are being evaluated and procured by Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force from various defence industries of Turkey.
MSI TDR: Why did Bangladesh prefer the Turkish companies in these projects?
Brigadier General TARIQ: Bangladesh procurement system demands major defence hardware of European standard. As Turkey maintains European/NATO standard in the productions, therefore, Turkish products get standardized fairly easily. To avoid monopoly, Bangladesh Armed Forces follow a transparent and open procurement system where, companies from all over the world are invited to participate tenders. Turkish companies are winning the tenders for product compatibility, lower price and easy after sale service.
Team of experts from related defence industries should maintain good contact with three services to plug the communication gap. As the defence products of Turkey maintains international standard with reasonable price, there are fair opportunities to win the open tenders of procurement in Bangladesh.
MSI TDR: What defence and aerospace projects will be on Bangladesh’s agenda in the upcoming period?
Brigadier General TARIQ: As part of ‘Forces Goal 2030’, Bangladesh Armed Forces is developing its Forces to cope with future requirement. As one of the highest troops contributing countries under Peace Keeping Operations, Bangladesh Armed Forces is maintaining its inventory keeping pace with the present day requirement in the conflicting zones. Bangladesh Armed Forces has been actively participating in United Nations Peace Keeping Operation since 1988. Under long term program (Forces Goal 2030) Bangladesh maintains a balanced defence hardware procurement every year. In that count, Bangladesh Armed Forces studies and evaluates the defence products of Turkish Defence Industries besides other foreign Defence Industries. In future, Bangladesh Armed Forces would be interested on T129 ATAK Helicopter, Light Tank, LAV (Ambulance), 120 mm Mortar, Large Petrol Craft (LPC), Submarine Search and Rescue Vessel, Artillery Ammunition Line, DMR Radio Sets etc.
MSI TDR: With this in mind, is there anything you would like to say to the Turkish defence and aerospace sector about the opportunities that are open to them in these projects?
Brigadier General TARIQ: Team of experts from related defence industries should maintain good contact with three services to plug the communication gap. As the defence products of Turkey maintains international standard with reasonable price, there are fair opportunities to win the open tenders of procurement in Bangladesh.
MSI TDR: Which of Turkey’s current needs can be met by Bangladesh’s defence and aerospace sector?
Brigadier General TARIQ: Bangladesh Armed Forces owns number of Defence Industries that may be upgraded to class one industries with the assistance from Turkish Defence Industries. Turkey may produce hardware in Bangladesh with cheaper price than that of their own industries because of cheap skilled manpower and labour. Turkey may venture in this regard.
MSI TDR: We, as MSI Turkish Defence Review, publish a monthly defence and aerospace magazine. Do you benefit from this publication? What would you like to say about our magazine?
Brigadier General TARIQ: MSI Turkish Defence Review is an informative Magazine in defence sector. The current defence industry projects along with modern technological information can easily be found from this journal. This helps the defence planners and higher Commanders shape their vision in developing own outfits. However, more number of supplementary copies can disseminate information more widely and quickly.
MSI TDR: What would you like to say about AMAC Magazine?
Brigadier General TARIQ: AMAC Magazine puts up various activities executed by AMAC members throughout the year. It displays National Day, Independence Day, Armed Forces Day etc. of countries with attractive photo and information of the events. The DA’s and MA’s are able to learn other defence activities from this Magazine too.
MSI TDR: Is there anything you would like to add?
Brigadier General TARIQ: I wish all the best for MSI and AMAC Magazine.
On behalf of our readers, we would like to thank Brigadier General Md Tariqul Alam Tariq, the Defence Attaché of Bangladesh to Turkey, for taking the time to answer our questions and for providing us with such valuable information.