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Bangladesh Army Equipment

Modernization

System Source Inventory
1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2012 2015 2020 2025 2030
Personnel (In Thousands) [IISS *] 90 101 120 110 126 126 130 130 130 130
Active -- -- -- -- 200 -- -- -- -- --
Reserve -- -- -- -- 50 -- -- -- -- --
Border Guard -- -- -- -- 60 -- -- -- -- --
Armor 90 180 240 220+ 240 240 238 230 200 200
Medium / Main Battle Tanks 50 140 200 180 232 232 274 274 244 244
125mm Type 99 / MBT-2000 PRC - - - - - - 44 44 44 44
100mm Type 59 / 69/G1 PRC 50 80 200 180 232 232 230 230 200 200
Light Tanks (>25 Tons) 40 40 40 40+ 8 8 8 .. .. ..
85mm Type 62 PRC 40 40 40 40+ 8 8 8 -- -- --
Armored Personnel Carriers - 58 ~130+ ~230+ 231 231 231 235 200 200
Tracked .. .. ~50+ ~100+ 134 134 134 130 100 100
12.7mm WZ-5312 PRC -- -- ~50 ~50 -- -- -- -- -- --
7.62mm MTLB Russia -- -- + 50+ 134 134 134 130 100 100
Wheeled .. 58 80 130 97 97 97 105 100 100
14.5mm BTR-70 / -803 Russia -- 58 80 130 75 75 75 75 70 70
12.7mm Otokar Cobra Turkey -- -- -- -- 22 22 22 30 30 30
Artillery, Towed 100 140+ 140+ 140+ 343 343 343 330 310 310
130mm Type 59 PRC -- 40+ 40+ 40+ 62 62 62 60 60 60
122mm Type 96 PRC -- -- -- -- 54 54 54 50 50 50
122mm Type 54 PRC 20 20 20 20 57 57 57 50 50 50
105mm M101 USA 50 50 50 50 -- -- -- -- -- --
105mm M-56/A1 India 30 30 30 30 170 170 170 170 150 150
Artillery, Rocket - +? +? - - - - - - -
122mm U/I4 U/I -- +? +? -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Mortars 50+ 50+ 50+ 50+ 106+ 106+ 95+ 90+ 90+ 90+
120mm M-67 Fmr Yugo -- -- -- -- 95 95 95 90 90 90
120mm Type 53 PRC 50 50 50 50 -- -- -- -- -- --
82mm Type 53 / 87 PRC + + + + + + + + + +
81mm M29A1 USA -- -- -- -- 11 11 + + + +
Recoilless 30 30 30 30 238 238 230 230 200 18
106mm M40 USA 30 30 30 30 238 238 230 230 200 180
Artillery, Anti-Aircraft - 16+ 16+ 16+ 166 166 166 160 160 160
57mm Type 59 PRC -- + + + 34 34 34 30 30 30
37mm Type 65/74 PRC -- -- -- -- 132 132 132 130 130 130
37mm Type 55 PRC -- 16 16 16 -- -- -- -- -- --
Anti-Tank Guns 68 68 68 68 - - - - - -
76mm Type 54 PRC 50 50 50 50 -- -- -- -- -- --
57mm 6 Pounder 18 18 18 18 -- -- -- -- -- --
Anti-Aircraft Missiles - - + + 20+ 20+ 20+ 20+ 20+ 20+
QW-2 PRC -- -- -- -- + + + 20+ 20+ 20+
  HN-5A PRC -- -- + + 20 20 20 -- -- --
Fixed Wing Aircraft -- -- -- -- 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Piper PA-31T Cheyenne USA -- -- -- - 1 1 1 1 1 1
Cessna 337F Skymaster USA -- -- -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Cessna 152 USA -- -- -- 4 5 5 5 5 5 5

Notes

    * As is the case with several other South Asian armies, IISS appears to be substantially under-reporting the personnel strength of the Bangladesh military.

    1 - Totals for Type 59 and Type 69 tanks include some number of armored recovery vehicles based on the same chassis.

    2 - The IISS Military Balance reports some number of WZ-531 armored personnel carriers for both the 2005-2006 and 2010 periods. It is possible that this total was for vehicles assigned to a Bangladesh Army peacekeeping contingent deployed elsewhere and that after the deployment ended, the vehicles were returned to their owners.

    3 - Totals for BTR-70s and BTR-80s may include some number of BTR-80A IFVs with 30mm cannon armament.

    4 - The IISS Military Balance said that there were reportedly some number of 122mm MRLs for the 1995-1996 and 1999-2000 periods. The SIPRI Trade Register for Bangladesh makes no mention of such a transfer.




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