RAB to get two helicopters

Finally, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) is going to get two helicopters as a procurement proposal was placed by the Home Ministry to the Cabinet Purchase Committee for approval.

According to official sources, after completion of the procurement-related tender procedure, Home Ministry placed the proposal to the Cabinet Division recently.

Home Ministry officials expect the Cabinet Purchase Committee will approve the proposal in its meeting on Sunday next.

The sources said though the RAB will use and operate the two helicopters for combating terrorism, they will remain under operation and maintenance (ONM) service of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF).

The BAF will provide the service and also necessary security to the helicopters under a contract with Bangladesh Police.

Police Head Quarter floated international tender in January this year to procure 2 light category single engine helicopters. It received offers from three international suppliers.

After scrutiny by the tender evaluation committee, two proposals were treated to be responsive bids. Of them, the bid of Singapore-based Bell Helicopter Asia (PTE) Ltd and local Rahimafrooz Distribution Ltd came out to be the lowest responsive bidder.

The two helicopters’ total cost was quoted US$ 7.8 million (equivalent to Tk 55.77 crore) as each will cost US$ 3.9 million (about Tk 27.88 crore).

The supplier company will supply the choppers and spare parts within 18 months from the signing of the contract.

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