Two new air bases to be built in the country: PM
JESSORE, Dec 31, 2017 (BSS) – Expressing her firm optimism that Bangladesh
Air Force (BAF) would be turned into a most modern air force soon, Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina here today said two new air bases will be built in the
country to further strengthen the force.
“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,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said setting up two new air bases — one in Barisal and
another in Sylhet — is under process. “I believe that these activities will
further strengthen the force and increase its capability,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing the President Parade of 74 Bangladesh Air
Force Academy (BAFA) Course and Direct Entry 2017 Course of Bangladesh Air
Force at BAF Academy Parade Ground here this morning.
Sheikh Hasina said 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,”
Earlier, 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.
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
Ministers, parliament members, army and navy chiefs, diplomats, senior
civil and military officials, distinguished people in the region and
guardians of the flight cadets were also present.
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.
“I hope that you would always remain vigil to keep free Bangladesh’s air
space being imbued with the spirit of the great Liberation War and true
patriotism as well as remaining respectful to holy constitution,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also directed the newly-commissioned air force officers not
to consider themselves isolated from the people and always try to bring
smiles on their faces.
“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,”
The premier asked them to remain always active in practicing the basic
training they received from the academy in the working life and achieving
efficiency for adapting with the increasing technological advancement and
“You’ll have to perform your responsibility with utmost honesty, sincerity
and integrity … you’ll have to build yourselves in such a way so that you
could fulfill hopes and aspirations of the nation,” she said.