India is expected to gift some military equipment such as shoulder-fired missiles and radars to Sri Lanka, as a goodwill gesture, when defence secretary Pradeep Kumar undertakes a two-day visit to Colombo from Monday, the PTI reported.
The equipment, part of the assistance provided to Sri Lanka to fight LTTE, is planned to be gifted apparently to demonstrate India's efforts to help build the defence capabilities of the Island nation in the backdrop of Chinese attempts to make inroads there.
India had provided defence hardware including two ground-based radars and a large number of Russian shoulder-fired IGLA ground-to-air missiles to Sri Lanka on a temporary basis, sources said.
India had also lent a coast guard vessel to Sri Lankan Navy during the war but it was not clear whether this would also be gifted.
Some IAF personnel were also deployed there to operate the systems, which were meant only for helping the Sri Lankan armed forces in defending their bases and not for offensive roles, they added.
Kumar, who will hold talks with his counterpart Gotabhaya Rajapakse, is also likely to discuss the future defence requirements of the Sri Lankan armed forces.
Comments - 37
Ombudsman Friday, 24 December 2010 04:43 PM
Too late now, war is over. Its time to Sri Lanka to move forward with development, not looking for harware to kill people.
fazal Friday, 24 December 2010 05:18 PM
FOR WHAT,.....WE HAVE NO WARS DONT THEY HAVE SPACE FOR THOSE OUT OF DATED EQUIPMENTS...INDIA IS PLAYING A WAR GAME NOW......
Victor Friday, 24 December 2010 05:33 PM
They will only give us "Pus Wedi"
dpl Friday, 24 December 2010 05:56 PM
The war is over it is not nessary to srilanka. please use for J&K war.the indian foreign policy is null and voied.
kumar Saturday, 25 December 2010 02:23 PM
If free coconuts, that will swing the trade balance against India
shameer Friday, 24 December 2010 07:18 PM
shoulder fire missiles ??? may be the stock which was supposed to give to LTTE & now giving to the govt.....
Kotte Kusum Friday, 24 December 2010 09:44 PM
This is the fact. Well said my friend.
Dee Saturday, 25 December 2010 04:54 PM
Indian military goods must be as "good" as their military!
Truth Exposed Saturday, 25 December 2010 12:11 AM
Another commission deal in the offing.
Tiger-UK Saturday, 25 December 2010 12:48 AM
Commission in gifts ...??
MagosisThuma Saturday, 25 December 2010 01:15 AM
They first donate the elephant... Then we have to buy Indian food to feed the elephant !
Hemal de Silva Saturday, 25 December 2010 01:54 AM
Does not matter, Wansa can fire a missile or two at the UN trio when they visit S.L.
citizen1 Saturday, 25 December 2010 02:17 AM
Yes, why don't they give us some free coconuts or smething worthwhile at this point in time? Timing is out of whack here!
Powerless Saturday, 25 December 2010 02:49 AM
The WAR is coming; look to the east in 2012.
Riyazi-Dorking Saturday, 25 December 2010 02:54 AM
Pol...........Pol...........!!! Why don`t they donate some pol or onions ??
Canadian Sinhalaya Saturday, 25 December 2010 04:53 AM
MR .... AND GOTABAYA SHOULD WATCH THESE INDIAN THUGS VERY CAREFULLY....
dpl Saturday, 25 December 2010 05:08 AM
India is not a true democracy no foreign policy,PM know the value of democracy. he is a shadow of congress leader.
sampath Saturday, 25 December 2010 05:31 AM
Do not believe Indians. They are really cunning...
Kotte Kusum Friday, 24 December 2010 01:52 PM
What is the catch. Are they all in working condition? Some top fellows are getting a fat commission?
Kotte Kusum Friday, 24 December 2010 01:59 PM
The War is over, so why do we need these lot. Can we spend this on some thing else?If it is free can they give us some thing else?
n.sethupathy Friday, 24 December 2010 02:02 PM
outdated arms are being dumped in srilanka.
Fair N Square Friday, 24 December 2010 02:07 PM
First they trained the CUBS who grew up to be Fully Fledged TIGERS who bit the hand of the Trainers. Now they are arming the govt against the tigers. LOL
If you can't beat em join em. Goes an old saying.
Dinush Friday, 24 December 2010 02:10 PM
what a joke, when we faced difficulty in war period they didnt gift at least T56 Bullet, sorry India you afraid to china and Prussia join with us, that the reality.
Cobra Friday, 24 December 2010 02:21 PM
They did not think of such gifts when we had our backs to the wall during the war. Do we need them now?
VEL Friday, 24 December 2010 02:48 PM
Military equipments for what to Srilanka.Dont waste the Srilankans money.India have to try to sell their oldest military equipments.India is not boss for Srilanka.
garawi Saturday, 25 December 2010 07:02 AM
Too little too late! Sorry India, you missed the bus. We needed them while we are strangled by the IC and the LTTE. At that time you were on the side of the IC. It is only China who came to our help.
nagu Friday, 24 December 2010 02:55 PM
Good....India knows the importance of Sri Lanka......
meranchi Friday, 24 December 2010 02:57 PM
pear own equipment or nearly to expire.........?
Concerned Friday, 24 December 2010 03:07 PM
Pradee Kumar is coming on a Trojan Horse?
sam Saturday, 25 December 2010 07:32 AM
India, why don't you use it on yourself. The war in SL is over although Defense Secretary seem to think he should continue to spend more public money when it can be used for more useful purpose.
dude Saturday, 25 December 2010 07:38 AM
JAMES Saturday, 25 December 2010 07:33 AM
SURE MUST BE OUT OF DATE EQUIPMENT SOMEBODY MAKING BIG $$$$$$$ LIKE THEIR RADAR AND DRUGS EVEN CHICKEN -NO QUALITY.
Thomas Friday, 24 December 2010 03:33 PM
To fire at Indian fishermen encroaching Sri Lankan waters in the Northern area.
adahan Sunday, 26 December 2010 11:22 AM
Obviously it is the reaction to Indian's apprehension coming from the struggle to emerge as the regional police.
Jix Friday, 24 December 2010 04:17 PM
This is a massively vital symbolic gesture at this juncture!
Matahari Saturday, 25 December 2010 10:27 AM
India is insulting Sri Lanka, we shall use the gift to make scrap metal & export back to India as a gift. Gifting of a gift is a great gift.
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