Military hardware import on cards to modernise army: PM

Military hardware import on cards to modernise army: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said a process is under way to procure significant amount of military equipment from various countries including China and Serbia to make Army more modern, time befitting and all-round.
She stated this while addressing the President’s Parade of 71 Long Course and 42 Short Course of Bangladesh Military Academy (BMA) at Bhatiary in Chittagong.Hasina said the government has signed a one billion Dollar deal with Russia to purchase ultra-modern military equipment, which will increase the capability of the army to a great extent.
She also said that new modern Tanks, APCs and Multi-barrel Rocket Launchers have been added to the Army to increase its capability.
Terming Bangladesh Army, awakened with the spirit of the war of independence, as the pride of the nation, the Prime Minister said the Awami League government undertook multifaceted and massive programmes to develop a time befitting armed forces.
To this end, she said, various establishments including National Defense College, Military Institute of Science and Technology, Armed Forces Medical College and Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training were set up during the 1996-2001 period.
The Prime Minister asked the newly commissioned officers in Bangladesh Army to be always ready to safeguard the country’s independence and sovereignty.
“It should be the first and sole vow of the new officers to protect the country’s independence and sovereignty by sacrificing even their last drop of blood,” she said.
Terming the newly commisioned officers as promising army personnel, Hasina asked them to serve the country and its people unselfishly, saying that they should never turn away from acomplishing their responsibilities.
Highly praising the role of Bangladesh Army in maintaining world peace, she said the country has been playing very important role to this end through deploying highest number of peacekeepers in the UN missions.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the contributions of the Army in establishing peace in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region as well as developing various infrastructures and constructing roads and highways and flyovers, and in preparing voter lists and machine readable passort.
A total of 159 cadets including 14 female cadets from 71 BMA Long Course and 17 cadets including four female cadets from 42 BMA Special Course were commissioned to Bangladesh Army.
Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina reviewed the smartly turned out parade and took salute at the impressive march past as chief guest. She also distributed awards to the outstanding cadets.
Earlier, Chief of Army Staff General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan and Commandant of the Academy Major General Md Jahangir Kabir Talukder received the chief guest on her arrival at the BMA Parade Ground. – UNB

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