The 2nd C-130J arrived at BAF Base Bangabandhu in Dhaka on Tuesday after a successful ferry flight from the United Kingdom by BAF aircrew, says a press release.
Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, ndu, psc and High Commissioner of British High Commission in Bangladesh Robert Chatterton Dickson were present on the occasion.
On way to Bangladesh, the aircraft landed at Cairo (Egypt), Muscat (Oman) and handed over friendly souvenir items for high officials of both countries.
Besides, the aircraft also carried few Bangladeshi citizens from Cairo, who were stranded due to outbreak of coronavirus, according to the press statement.
C-130J aircraft is equipped with modern avionics and sophisticated technology, which would be utilised for transportation of materials, personnel, humanitarian assistance both at home and abroad and to support United Nations Peacekeeping Operations.
The BAF has planned to induct all remaining aircraft in phases from the UK. The inclusion of this modern C-130J aircraft in BAF inventory will certainly enhance the transport capability and operational capability of BAF as a whole, the press release adds.
Principal Staff Officers of Air Headquarters, Air Officer Commanding of BAF Base Bangabandhu and BAF Base Bashar, as well as senior officers were present on the occasion.
Under the direction and relentless efforts of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the present government has taken various steps to modernise Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), reads the press release.
Under the initiative, the government has taken steps to induct 05 US origin C-130J aircraft from United Kingdom (UK) through Government to Government agreement.