First Bangladeshi made warship launched

Oct. 9, 2012 at 5:33 PM

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Bangladesh has launched its first warship built in the country.

Bangladesh's Khulna Shipyard built the 255-ton patrol boat. The vessel, which can cruise at 20 miles per hour, carries is equipped with two 37mm and two 20mm guns, capable of engaging either other maritime ships or aircraft.

China Shipbuilding Offshore Co. supervised the warship's construction and provided both the designs and materials necessary for building it, the Daily Star reported.

Khulna Shipyard officials said they are optimistic that with its success the facility will be able to construct more naval vessels with Chinese assistance and possibly enter the export market.

"The government has approved a 10-year perspective plan and as part of this we're procuring appropriate platforms, both new and off the shelf, including assets for our special warfare forces," said Vice Adm. Zahir Uddin Ahmed, the chief of Bangladesh's naval staff.

"We're also upgrading our existing fleet with capability to undertake emerging roles and maintain interoperability with friendly navies."

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