New Delhi: Chinese goods have a reputation: they are cheaper but less likely to last. That reputation is fast catching on when it comes to Chinese-made weaponry, exported to other countries.
Bangladesh, which purchased 23 Nanchang PT-6 basic trainer aircraft on two batches from China National Aero-technology Import and Export Corporation or CATIC for its air force is facing problems.
The Bangladesh Air Force had bought 12 in 2016 and 11 in 2018 and they are riddled with defects. What is causing Bangladesh even more concern is the lack of after-sales service and also, poor maintenance by the OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer, Hongdu Aviation.
Bangladesh has been a regular buyer of Chinese weaponry in the past and that includes light tanks and two submarines, which are being refurbished now. China is also building a submarine base for Bangladesh, the BNS Sheikh Hasina, off Chittagong.
Bangladesh, at least, has a choice. It is something Pakistan does not, which is why it will now use the BeiDou navigational system instead of GPS. This will be for both the military and civilian sectors and that may be understandable as Pakistani weapon systems are increasingly Chinese-made.
Courtesy – Timesnownews