A leading newspaper quoting an unidentified ‘source’ in the Defence Ministry said that the highest Tk 4,975.5 crore was spent for navy followed by Tk 5,407 for army and Tk 4,722 for air force.

Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) officials said that they were not in a position to comment on the report immediately when approached on Saturday.
But the newspaper said that the ISPR earlier declined to divulge details about the defence purchases as the issue was related to ‘national security.’
It said that under the procurement during the Awami League government, the navy got 16 ships, two maritime helicopters and missiles; the army 2600 armored vehicles, 44 third generation tanks and 15 APCs; the air force found short range air defence systems and 16 fourth generation fighter planes.
It said that the procurements were made under several defence agreements with different countries but most of those were never revealed to public with one such being a defence pact between Bangladesh and Belarus in July this year when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited the country.
Hasina, however, on many occasions said that her government procured huge volume of hardware for the defence forces to make them competent enough to face natural disasters alongside the external attacks.


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