Bangladesh is one of the largest contributors to UN peacekeeping Missions. The country is often applauded as the most reliable, supportive, generous troops and police contributing country in the face of most challenging circumstances. BAF participation in UN Peacekeeping Missions is a constitutional obligation (Article 25) and state policy. BAF has a glorious history of UN peacekeeping operations. BAF contribution for UN Peacekeeping was started in 1993 by sending 06 Military Observers to Bosnia-Herzegovina. First BAF contingent was deployed in 1995 to Kuwait along with 02 x Bell 212 helicopters. So far, BAF personnel have participated in 28 different UN Peacekeeping Missions around the globe.
Presently, BAF contingents are deployed in 03 different mission areas. These include one Medium Utility Helicopter Unit with Mi Series Helicopters, one Air Transport Unit with C-130B aircraft and one Air Field Support & Management Unit at MONUSCO, DR Congo, one Air Field Support & Management Unit at MINUSMA, Mali and one Armed Helicopter Unit with Mi Series Helicopters at MINUSCA, CAR. Besides, BAF SO/UNMOs are deployed in 06 ongoing UN Peacekeeping Missions.
The female members of BAF were deployed at MONUSCO, DR Congo in 2008 for the first time. So far total 110 female Officers completed their duty in different UN missions including 02 Female Pilots at DR Congo.
Present deployment state of BAF personnel is appended below:
|Country||Mission||No of Personnel|
|Contingent||Staff Officer||Military Observer||Total|
|DR Congo||MONUSCO||267 (03 Female including 01 female pilot)||05 (02 Female)||-||272 (05 Female)|
|Mali||MINUSMA||110 (03 Female)||06 (01 Female)||-||116 (04 Female)|
|CAR||MINUSCA||124||03 (01 Female)||02||129 (01 Female)|
|Total||501 (06 Female)||17 (04 Female)||06||524 (10 Female)|
Due to the high level of discipline and professionalism of Bangladeshi Peacekeepers and very reliable Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System (PCRS), the country is commended by the international communities. Besides raising the image of the country, the UN Peacekeeping Missions provides an excellent platform to gain operational experience and promote capability enhancement for BAF.