- Dec 17, 2014
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Gripen maybe a better jet for Bangladesh. Modern, affordable and non-Chinese. Buying a jet from the country linked to fast fashion, could be part of a larger deal. It would also allow Bangladesh to stay out of a dependency on India for Spare parts and maintenance support. The Swedes may give a good deal, they look desperate to secure a deal after losing the Finish competition.I am against buying such expensive aircraft for BAF. I am for inducting J-10D with Chinese engine. Both France and Britain have good defense relations with India and that's a matter of concern for us. Only China has strategic interest in Bangladesh because of our border with India. J-10D is cheap which means we can buy more J-10D aircraft with the same amount of money required to buy just 16 RAFALE/EUROFIGHTER. We must not push China away.
J-10 maybe similarly priced, but politically it won’t help Bangladesh’s business prospects, in the west.
The Burmese operate the JF-17 and China may not want to see two planes made by the same company from its country duke it out.
Finally, getting the Gripen may open up exercises Bangladesh could join and gain experience for the BAF. I could imagine the BAF gripens exercising with nations from Japan in the east, all the way to the US in the west, similar to Thai or South African Gripens. Even a couple dozen Gripen NG (for probably the cost of a dozen Rafales or Eurofighters) with their sortie generation rates could make it a deadly addition to the BAF. Same weapons on the Gripen as the other euro-canards, as well as a modern EW suite.
Considering the sortie generation rates, 24-36 Gripens (or two squadrons) could replace both the 8 Mig-29s and 36 F-7s. It’s quality and quantity.
Even if Myanmar operates the Su-30, the Gripen was designed to combat the Flankers specifically.