Addressing the effort by her government to make Air Force stronger, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday has expressed firm optimism that Bangladesh would build fighter planes in future.
“I hope that we would be able to build fighter planes in our own initiative in future Insha Allah,” she told the induction ceremony of L-410 Transport Trainer Aircraft at BAF Base Bashar at Tejgaon in the capital this morning.
“A YAK-130 Advanced Jet Trainer and a Mi-171SH helicopter will shortly join in Bangladesh Air Force,” she said.
She further said, “We have already bought three Mi-171SH helicopters from Russia and recently completed the process of induction of four more such choppers under the loan protocol.”
She also said that her government is always trying to make the Air Force as a strong and effective force.
Earlier, on her arrival at the venue, the Prime Minister was given a guard of honor by a smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Air Force.
Later, she cut a cake on the occasion of the induction of newly inducted three L-410 Transport Trainer Aircraft made by Czech Republic.
She also boarded one of the aircraft and visited its different sections.
PM’s Political Affairs Advisor HT Imam, Security Advisor Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Chief of Army Staff General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan, Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral M Farid Habib, Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Mohammad Enamul Bari, among others were present on the occasion.