The Bangladesh Air Force has officially released tenders to repair, overhaul and upgrade its 6 MiG-29B and 2 MiG-29UB fighter aircraft. The contract is expected to be awarded to Russian companies who are also touted to be awarded the twin engine Multi-Role Combat Aircraft tender released last month.
Bangladesh and Russia have been undertaking negotiations to upgrade the existing fleet of BAF MiG-29 combat aircraft to the level of MiG-29SMT since 2013. The upgrades on the MiG-29B/UB combat aircraft will include upgradation of the radar, fire control system and integrated OLLS/IRST.
The Bangladesh Air Force has been operating 6 x MiG-29B and 2 x MiG-29UB fighter aircraft since 2000. The MiG-29B fighter aircraft are fitted with a N019E radar designed to operate in the armament control system of the fighters with ability to provide search, detection, identification, aiming, tracking and lighting of air targets to employ or