Since independence in 1971 Bangladesh has shown remarkable progress and resilience. In doing so it has built a strong and professional military capable of defending the nation from any aggressors.
The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), tasked with the responsibility of defending Bangladesh’s airspace has a manpower strength of 24,000 personnel operating fighters, ground attack aircraft, trainers, transport aircraft and helicopters from Eastern and Western origins.
The Bangladesh Air Force was established on the 28th of September, 1971 and formally launched on the 8th of October, 1971 by the government. Initially the BAF was composed of around one hundred highly distinguished Bengali origin officers and airmen who served in the Pakistan Air Force prior to the independence war.
Initially the air force started out with 1 C-47 Daktoa, 1 de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter and a French Aerospatiale Aloutte III helicopter given by India during the independence war of