Sri Lanka is likely to use the renewed line of credit from Russia to buy 10 Mi 171 multirole helicopters for its Air Force (SLAF).
A partly used $ 300 million credit line, which lapsed in 2015 and has been renewed by Russia to allow Sri Lanka to purchase a Gepard 5.1 Offshore Patrol Vessel OPV) will be used to buy 10 Mi-171 helicopters, Sri Lanka Guardian reported last month.
The SLAF also wants to purchase four more Mi 17 helicopters at a cost of more than Rs 14.3 billion for use in United Nations assignments as peace keepers. It is mandatory in terms of UN rules that forces joining UN peace keeping missions in trouble spots around the world undertake assignments with their own equipment. Such investment takes long years to recover.
In the case of a Sri Lanka Army deployment, it was originally estimated it would be five years but it continued thereafter. This as well as the ten helicopters for SLAF use will come from the original manufacturers, Ulan Ude plant in Russia.
Sri Lanka plans to purchase helicopters of different makes and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) at a staggering cost of more than Sri Lankan Rs 64.8 billion ($408 million).
The Sri Lankan Navy has taken delivery of the second advanced offshore patrol vessel from India's state-owned shipbuilder Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) on Thursday, 25 days ahead of schedule. With this, shipyard has succeeded in reducing build period of 2500 Tonnes OPV to nearly 3 years from over 5 years taken till about 3 years back, GSL said in a press release
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in talks to upgrade Kfir fighter aircraft of the Sri Lankan air force. Sri Lanka purchased a total of 16 Kfir jets from Israel between 1995 and 2005; at least seven were lost during the 26-year-long Sri Lankan civil war and IAI is in talks with Colombo to upgrade and return to service its five grounded Kfir jets,
Sir Lankas local media has reported that Colombo is interested in purchasing six ex-Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30K fighter aircraft that have been grounded in Belarus. The negotiations were held last year from November 2-4 between company representatives of Lanka Logistics and Technologies Limited, fully owned by the Government of Sri Lanka, and Russias Irkut Corporation at 558 Aircraft Repair Plant, in Baranovichi, Belarus, Colombos news agency
India handed over an off-shore patrol vessel, Varuna, to Sri Lanka during a transfer ceremony on September 5 at Naval Base, Kochi. "The handing over of the Indian Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel to Government of Sri Lanka for training and surveillance purposes is a part of India's continuing efforts for cementing the historical and cultural ties between the two countries," the Indian coast guard said in a statement
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