Speculations were rife since last month when the Bangladesh Air Force released a tender for eight Multi-Role Combat Aircraft to complete the No. 8 Squadron, which currently operates 8 MiG-29B/UB air superiority fighters.
Initially it was thought that the Bangladesh Air Force would purchase MiG-35’s as a continuation of the MiG-family however this was not to be the case as the air force wants to avoid the “MiG name” due to past incident of corruption alleged to have occurred during the 1999 MiG-29 purchase by the Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League led government.
Moreover upon closely studying the tender document BDMilitary.com Defence Analysists came to the common conclusion that the tender was deliberately designed in such a way that MiG-35 would “miss out” by a margin of whiskers. For example the MRCA’s thrust requirement in the tender was 5,500 kgf whereas the MiG-35 can provide up to 5,400