Saturday, August 13, 2022

India gifts Dornier 228 maritime patrol aircraft to Sri Lanka Air Force

The Indian Air force has gifted a Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft to the Sri Lankan Air Force, with another aircraft to be donated within two years, a Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) statement said.

The donation was in response to a request made by the Sri Lankan government in 2018 for two Dornier Reconnaissance Aircraft from India to enhance the maritime surveillance capabilities of the country, SLAF said on Saturday August 13.

“The government of India (GOI) has agreed to provide one (01) Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft from Indian Naval Fleet on gratis basis for initial two (02) years of the interim period since it would be required two years to manufacture new aircraft (sp),” said the air force.

“Afterwards, the Indian government expressed their assent to provide a brand new Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol Aircraft free of charge. Subsequently, another brand new Dornier 228 will be inducted to Sri Lanka Air Force through mutually agreed terms and conditions between both countries (sp).”

The aircraft gifted this week is a Naval Dornier (INDO – 228), a Short Takeoff and Landing multirole light transport aircraft with a turboprop twin-engine, in production since 1981.

SLAF said the aircraft will be inducted to its fleet on August 15 in a ceremonial procession with the participation of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, High Commissioner of India Gopal Baglay, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gen Kamal Gunerathne and Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana at the SLAF base in Katunayake.

13/08/22 Chanka Jayasinghe/Economynext

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