BNS Bangabandhu

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Class and type: Ulsan (Mod.) Class
Ordered: 1998
Builder: Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Republic of Korea
Laid down: March 11, 1998
Launched: August 29, 2000
Commissioned: June 20, 2001
Recommissioned: July 13, 2007
Decommissioned: February 13, 2002
In service: 2001-Present
Renamed: First commissioned as BNS Bangabandhu
Reclassified: Reduced to the reserve on February 13, 2002
Homeport: Chittagong
Status: In service
General characteristics
Displacement: 2,370 tones
Length: 103.7m
Beam: 12.5m
Draught: 3.8m
Propulsion: CODAD: 4 SEMT-Pielstick 12V PA6V280 STC diesels; 22,501 hp (16.78 MW) sustained; 2 x shafts
Speed: 25 kt
Range: 4,000 n miles
Complement: 186 (16 officers)
Electronic warfare
and decoys:

ESM:Racal Cutlass 242; intercept

ECM:Racal Scorpion; jammer
Armament: 4 x Otomat Mk. II Block IV AShM; 8 x FM-90N SAM; 1 x Otobreda 76 mm/62 Super Rapid; 4 x Otobreda 40 mm/70 (2 twin) compact CIWS; 6 x 324 mm B-515 (2 triple) tubes-Whitehead A244S; 2 x Super Barricade launchers
Aircraft carried: 1 x Hanger, 1 x Agusta-Westland AW109 Power helicopter
Nickname: BNS BB

BNS BANGABANDHU is a Guided Missile Frigate of the Bangladesh Navy, and is one of the most modern to serve with them. She is currently moored at Chittagong, serving with the Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla (COMBAN). About 200 personnel serve aboard her.


Named for Bangladesh's founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who is popularly termed as Bangabandhu, she is capable of serving in a combat role, as well as performing peacetime policing duties. She was laid down on March 11, 1998 at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Republic of Korea, and commissioned on June 20, 2001 as BNS Bangabandhu.

Later, the ship was decommissioned for various warranty repair works and placed in reserve class-III as DW 2000-H frigate on February 13, 2002.

The primary role of this ship will be the surveillance of the country’s exclusive economic zone. She will also carry out various constabulary tasks in Bangladesh’s sea area against maritime terrorism, environmental pollution and smuggling, and can also be deployed for search and rescue operations.

This frigate type is said to the most modern frigate of its class in the region according to the Bangladesh Navy. It is equipped with some of the most advanced systems available; the Otomat Mk.II Block.IV AShMs on board the vessel are an advanced and highly capable missile system with a range of 180+ km; these AShMs can change course mid-flight and the warship does not need to be repositioned to fire at the target (unlike other anti-ship missiles). It will be upgraded with the addition of another quad Otomat AShM launcher. Additionally the vessel is armed with sophisticated air-defence systems in the form of 8 FM-90N SAMs (15 km range) and 4 x Otobreda 40 mm/70 (2 twin) compact CIWS. The vessel is also armed with 6 x 324 mm B-515 (2 triple) tubes which fire the EuroTorp Whitehead A244/S Mod.3 torpedoes (which is the latest version of that particular torpedo). All of these weapons systems together with the 1 x Otobreda 76 mm/62 Super Rapid Gun give the vessel extensive combat capability. This frigate is equipped with Thales sensors including Mirador optical tracking system and Lirod Mk. 2 fire control radar. The combat management system of the ship is Thales TACTICOS.[1]

The Agusta-Westland AW109 Power naval helicopter on board is compatible to fire the C-701 AShMs among other weapons including torpedoes.

Future Plans

Bangladesh Navy plans to further upgrade the vessel's combat capability with the installation of more AShM and SAM launchers on board.[2]

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