Published:  12:25 AM, 05 July 2017

WMS to build two combat tank carriers for Army

WMS to build two combat tank carriers for Army WMS Managing Director Md Sakhawat Hossain and Colonel Chowdhury Fazleh Ali, Deputy Director Purchase (Army Wing-1), Ministry of Defense and other high officials shake hands after signing the agreement on behalf of their respective organization at the offi

Western Marine Shipyard Limited (WMS) has won a deal to build two combat tank carriers (Landing Craft Tanks) for Bangladesh Army, said a press release issued by WMS on Monday.  Western Marine Group and Bangladesh Army signed the agreement at the office premises of DGDP (Directorate General Defense Purchase) on June 21.

The press statement said that under the deal the combat tank carriers (LCT) to be built at a cost of about Tk 77 crore will be handed over to Bangladesh Army within next 22 months. 

In the signing ceremony, WMS Managing Director Md Sakhawat Hossain and Deputy Director Purchase (Army Wing-1) of Ministry of Defense Colonel Chowdhury Fazleh Ali signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organization. Among others, senior official of both WMS services and the DGDP were present on deal signing ceremony.

According to the press statement, each vessel having a length of 68 meters will carry eight combat tanks including 40 officers and 200 troops. Each of the LCT will have a helipad facility as well. These Ships will be made under the supervision of International Ship Builders Classification Society BUREAU VERITAS-France.

As a result, these ships will adopt International Standard on quality management system under the Flagship of Bangladesh which will be fully safe and environment-friendly, and which could move to the coastal area safely.

WMS earlier has built this type of LCT for M/s Al Rashid Shipping, UAE, Dubai and is expected to hand over to the parties by this month. WMS has reached a milestone on building modern ships in the country by completing this project.


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