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Cabinet approves new fighter jets

10 August 2016 01:26 pm - 36     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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A proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defence to purchase multirole fighter jets and associated weapons, had been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister Rajitha Senaratne today said.

He said approval was given to obtain Expressions Of Interest from interested aircraft manufacturers, associated manufacturers and authorised Government agents on the Government to Government basis purchasing.

“The fighter aircraft of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) have been aging and it is required to maintain them updated due to the importance of maintaining the oceanic security and being prepared for any unexpected threat,” he told the Cabinet news briefing.

 

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  Comments - 36

  • Thanos Wednesday, 10 August 2016 01:58 PM

    Whats the list of candidates? Maybe the Americans can give us some 2nd-hand F-16s.

    Bala Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:20 PM

    May be required to replace but not real priority when facing financial hardship as the govt maintains. Schools health and rural infrastructure ares paramount.

    Roman Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:30 PM

    In that case we should purchase some Destroyers too!! lol

    waco Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:32 PM

    Please call bids from - France, Japan, China,or USA .Please do not buy garbage due to pressure.

    lokka Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:34 PM

    Bring the bloody dollar down before doing all these nonsense via DM Android App

    Martin Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:39 PM

    What a waste of money as Sri Lanka will never be able to protect itself against any outside force. At least there will be a tender and hopefully this time no journalists get killed in the process.

    Tax P Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:47 PM

    Please DO NOT use any go between or tharawkaraya let the deal be between GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT. Most importantly DO NOT tax the poor tax payer. Cur down on government expenditure. via DM Android App

    Sam Wednesday, 10 August 2016 02:56 PM

    Please do not buy garbage due to pressure.

    stunned citizen Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:03 PM

    hopefully not for fly bys for parades via DM iOS App

    aleem Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:03 PM

    What is the necessity for this now?

    Ramsay Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:16 PM

    Buying jet fighters is the need of the hour while we live on breadline

    cruso Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:16 PM

    whats running in our roads more than 70 are from India. How is that via DM Android App

    change Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:35 PM

    another business for Indian garbage who like to bet on this via DM Android App

    maj Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:50 PM

    Time is right to go to Russia for SU-35

    Dan Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:51 PM

    According to present government they are in a financial turmoil and unable to pass any benefit to masses and desperate to increase VAT despite heavy opposition by all segments...but, now these military jets...and how come current fleet is old...they were bought within last 10 years....

    no brains Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:53 PM

    why dont u use that money to restructure our national airline which is in debt? losers

    Huna Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:54 PM

    Indians wont allow us to buy anything else other than their s***

    Huna Wednesday, 10 August 2016 03:58 PM

    Amaricans wont sell their fighters to countries like us ,best thing is go for Russian made SU 27's if we can afford ...

    Aruna Wednesday, 10 August 2016 04:03 PM

    When you say "multirole fighter" it sounds a lot a like Indain made tejas aircrafts. someone's payday is coming

    Ramzee Wednesday, 10 August 2016 04:58 PM

    Tell Gota to order through his cousin ....like he did before

    shami Wednesday, 10 August 2016 05:13 PM

    Get good advice from little Gota on overpriced deal from Ukraine?

    namalaiyya Wednesday, 10 August 2016 05:24 PM

    great move! we should consider a few aircraft carriers as well..

    panduka Wednesday, 10 August 2016 05:25 PM

    Go ahead and buy our national security is important let the critics be there if somethings happens the same people who are against the decision will blame the government

    Silva Wednesday, 10 August 2016 05:26 PM

    Wow!!! Country is in a mess and in debt but we can find money for such things!

    saman Wednesday, 10 August 2016 05:39 PM

    SU35s please.... India won't be happy by the way....

    Harry Wednesday, 10 August 2016 05:42 PM

    Channel the deal through Bond Mahendra or his Son-in-Law as they are genuine lovers of Sri Lanka.

    Bala Wednesday, 10 August 2016 06:53 PM

    May be use against MR/JO next pada yatra or Anthare protest.

    CitizenPerera Wednesday, 10 August 2016 07:10 PM

    Who is left for us to fight with fighter jets? Do we really need fighter jets to fight corruption. drug menace or the underworld?

    Adamsapple Wednesday, 10 August 2016 07:54 PM

    Purchase the Fighter Jets and put everything as MR debt..

    soma Wednesday, 10 August 2016 08:02 PM

    We need these jets very badly.

    soma Wednesday, 10 August 2016 08:04 PM

    And you think having a tender will make it all good. I can't believe the i@

    soma Wednesday, 10 August 2016 08:06 PM

    Are you serious. G2G will make this a very good investment? How do you sit?

    broker Wednesday, 10 August 2016 01:34 PM

    wau...now they can shop metal scraps from india and put huge commissions in their pockets..bravo..

    dham Wednesday, 10 August 2016 01:40 PM

    For increase the debt security and most importantly VAT via DM Android App

    Kondeya Wednesday, 10 August 2016 01:43 PM

    Sold Air Bus jets and now buying military jets ?

    Sena Wednesday, 10 August 2016 01:49 PM

    Please dont buy Indian Shit via DM Android App


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