The Bangladesh Navy is in the process of establishing a long-sought fixed-wing maritime-patrol aircraft capability. In July, two Do-228 NG (Next Generation) aircraft were ordered from Ruag Aviation corporation. They are due to enter service in 2013 and will be used for search-and-rescue, fisheries and environmental-monitoring operations, and general patrol duties. They will be the first fixed-wing assets to join the fleet. Last year Bangladesh also ordered two new AW109 helicopters from AgustaWestland. The advanced helos can be operated from land bases or the frigate Bangabandhu and will be able to conduct naval surveillance and patrol duties as well as other missions. Both the Do-228 NG aircraft and the AW109 helicopter have proven popular for naval patrol missions and serve with navies and coast guards around the world.
By Eric Werthiem