SLAF unaware of agreement to purchase jets from Pakistan

2016-01-06 07:58:00

The Sri Lanka Air Force yesterday said it was unaware of an agreement signed with Pakistan to purchase eight JF-17 fighter jets, although Pakistan media had reported of such a move.

When contacted by the Daily Mirror, Air Force Group Captain Chandima Alwis said they were unaware of any such arrangement.

“From the side of the Sri Lanka Air Force, we have not decided as yet in this regard. And also I have not been informed of the matter. So, I don’t have any information on the matter,” he said.

He said the Air Force was reviewing a number of suitable aircraft to be purchased and that the Pakistani JF-17 fighter jet was one such fighter jet that was being looked at. (Piyumi Fonseka and Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 6

  • Chameera Wednesday, 6 January 2016 14:36

    Do not buy Pakistani junk! They are struggling to sell this to other countries and I do not understand why we are so keen especially since we do not even have a war or an enemy to fight.

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    Casper Wednesday, 6 January 2016 15:01

    Is that the reason why Pak Prime Minister is touring here?

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    SriLankan Wednesday, 6 January 2016 15:02

    So many other important areas we should be spending this money on. If it is really important, then do your research and buy the best and the latest available globally.... Russia, Europe and the US seem to have the best fighter Jet technology.

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    Kylo Ren Wednesday, 6 January 2016 15:13

    Fake pakistani propaganda exposed.

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    SHEHAN Wednesday, 6 January 2016 15:19

    The whole purpose of Pakistan PM visit to SL and giving SL preferred trade partner benefit was to sell their USD35 million fighter jets to SL cos no other country would buy such fighter jets for USD 35 million when Kfir jets could be bought at USD 5 million or MIG29 for USD 29 million.

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    camran green Wednesday, 6 January 2016 19:25

    I have a great interest in South Asian politics, growth and trade. If Sri Lanka is buying jets from Pakistan, then that’s a best deal between two very friendly countries of Asia. It will bring them more closer in future. Equally it is very sad to read some comments on this news, I am sure these comments are left by Indian’s, who wish that Sri Lanka should always obey India. It’s wrong attitude, all Asian countries should be friends and should have more trade and business with each other.

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