The woefully under-equipped yet highly capable 1 Para-Commando Battalion of the Bangladesh Army is finally being provided with state-of-the-art counter-terrorism firearms and equipment. The force which recently showcased its superb capabilities during the Operation Thunderbolt, a response to the Holey Artisan Bakery (7/16) terrorist incident will now be issued with United States (US) built CQB firearms to replace their outdated firearms.
At present the members of the Paracommando force are armed with the aged Chinese origin Type 56 7.62x39mm (AK-47 copy) submachine guns used since inception. The force also uses German-made MP5A3’s which were gifted to it from Qatar as a weapon of choice during CQB situations.
Training infrastructure such as firing ranges, kill houses for CQB training, new uniforms, communication equipment, protective equipment, night vision devices, accessories, explosives detectors and sniper rifles have already been procured to adorn the counter-terrorism forces. A contingent from the Counter