Will build our own fighter jets’: PM Hasina
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday expressed a desire to build fighter jets in Bangladesh to protect its sovereignty.
"We’re building the Air Force to make it competitive, and we have a desire to build fighter jets in Bangladesh. We’re making preparations to protect our air border with our own [strength]," she said.
The Prime Minister said this while handing over the National Standard to 11 Squadron and 21 Squadron of Bangladesh Air Force.
The programme was held at Air Base Birsreshtha Matiur Rahman in Jashore and the Prime Minister joined it virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken steps to protect the country's sovereignty and take the country some steps ahead in defending it. "I believe we’ll be able to get success in this regard, Inshallah."
The Prime Minister mentioned the 'Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Aviation and Aerospace University' and the aeronautical centre where the research works would be done effectively.
Hasina said protecting the dignity of the national flag is the sacred duty of all the armed forces personnel. "We attained the national flag in lieu of the blood of millions of martyrs. This flag is the symbol of our independence, honour and dignity. It’s the sacred duty of all members of the armed forces to protect the dignity of the flag."
The Prime Minister said she thinks that the members of the armed forces will remain ready always to make any sacrifice for protecting the dignity of the flag, the country's independence, sovereignty and while performing duties in the international arena in peacekeeping missions in the UN so that the dignity of Bangladesh could be increased. "You’ll perform your duties keeping eyes on that."
Recalling the efforts of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to build the Air Force after the independence of the country, she said the Father of the Nation in 1974 formulated Defence Policy for Bangladesh.