The handing over ceremony of first overhauling of Bangladesh Air Force supersonic fighter air craft by BAF technicians was held at BAF Base Bangabandhu on Monday.
Maj Gen (Retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Security Adviser to Prime Minister, graced the ceremony as chief guest.It may be mentioned that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated ‘Bangabandhu Aeronautical Center’ at BAF Base Bangabandhu on December 4, 2011 for enhancing the maintenance capability of BAF.
For the last few years the overhauling of F-7 BAF fighter aircraft has been carried out jointly by BAF technicians and Chinese specialist.
However, this is the first time BAF technicians independently have completed overhauling task of a supersonic fighter aircraft. Now onwards BAF is going to save huge amount of foreign currency while reducing foreign dependence.
In his speech, Tarique Ahmed Siddique expressed his satisfaction for completing overhauling task of BAF fighter aircraft successfully by BAF technicians. He also thanked the Government of China for cooperation and hoped for strengthening the existing bilateral ties between Bangladesh and China.
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat also expressed his feeling proudly by saying that BAF has achieved the maintenance capability to carry out overhauling of supersonic fighter aircraft independently.
He also hoped that BAF will certainly enhance operational competency in aviation sector in future.Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed, PSO-AFD Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman, senior BAF officers, representatives from China Embassy in Bangladesh and other military and civil high officials, were also present on the occasion.