The Bangladesh Navy (BN) has issued a tender for the procurement of two new maritime helicopters to be delivered in the coming months.
The tender specification seen by IHS Jane's in early December calls for the procurement of two helicopters to be used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface vessel warfare (ASuW), over-the-horizon targeting (OTHT), maritime search and rescue (MSAR), medical evacuation (MEDEVAC), casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), and special forces missions. The selected platforms are to be inducted in fiscal year 2017.
As noted by the BN, the helicopters should be able to operate in all weather conditions from all of its ships that are equipped with suitable landing decks similar in size or larger than that fitted to the frigate BNS Bangabandhu . The helicopters should be new-build with proven European or North American avionics, and the type must be fielded by at least two other navies. It should also be twin-engined and fitted with wheels rather than skids.
Performance specification listed by the BN include a cruise speed of at least 120 kt in full ASW configuration (with munitions); a range of 300 n miles without payload (or 200 n miles in its ASW configuration); a service ceiling of at least 12,000 ft; a maximum take-off weight of 6,100 kg; a maximum all-up weight of 4,200 kg; a maximum payload of 1,300 kg; an endurance of at least three hours (two hours in ASW configuration); the capacity to carry six passengers plus two crew; and should be able to fit into the hangar of BNS Bangabandhu.
In terms of weapons, the BN has stipulated that the new helicopters should have provision for 7.62 mm and/or 12.7 mm machine guns (either podded or door-mounted); as well as the ability to carry depth charges, air-to-surface missiles, and torpedoes.
Further to the helicopters themselves, the BN is also requesting training and support.
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