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Six PT-6 aircraft ready to join SLAF fleet

20 May 2018 12:30 pm - 18     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) to receive six brand new PT-6 Aircraft from the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation (CATIC) for primary training of the SLAF.

Commander of the SLAF Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy signed the acceptance of the aircraft at AVIC Hongdu in Nanchang on May 15.

The SLAF said, the Aircraft, painted in the recently introduced livery of the SLAF, were inspected and flight tested by SLAF Engineers and Pilots and were deemed to be in conformance of the specifications and ready to be inducted into the SLAF fleet.

The aircraft will be utilized at the No1 Flying Training Wing at the SLAF Academy, China Bay for the ab initio training of newly enlisted pilots.

Vice President of the CATIC, Liu Jianhai signed the deal on behalf of M/S CATIC while vice President of AVIC Hongdu, Zheng Tangjie signed as the witness.

The Director Civil Engineering of the SLAF, Air Vice Marshal MRK Samarasinghe, who also joined the Commander on the visit, held discussions with CATIC on the progress of the Aircraft Overhaul Wing Project, which is being progressed in collaboration between SLAF and CATIC.

In 2015, the National Security Council approved the request to purchase the six PT-6 aircraft at a cost of more than USD 5 million.

PT-6 has been widely used by China’s Air Force and countries such as the United States, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

PT-6 aircraft is a single-engine, tandem seat propeller trainer capable of performing primary flight training.(Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 18

  • Lal Sunday, 20 May 2018 12:54 PM

    SLAF have enough basic trainers. If they are bringing more trainers means more planes will join in the future

    sanjaya Tuesday, 22 May 2018 01:57 PM

    which is a good thing. why keep a large air force without more planes and good pilots to fly them

    Unchikun Sunday, 20 May 2018 01:02 PM

    Did they check on Ali Baba website? Could have got a better deal.

    Tinkiriya Sunday, 20 May 2018 05:33 PM

    No Unchikun. Web site does not allow buyer to secretly negotiate commissions for any purchase by our ali horra's.

    Mohamed Sunday, 20 May 2018 01:06 PM

    strategically testing the flight and entering into place a base

    Waco Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:27 PM

    Very good, very good.

    Brainmaster Sunday, 20 May 2018 02:57 PM

    Yes we need at least 1 airplane per MP. via DM Android App

    Arul Sunday, 20 May 2018 03:14 PM

    Pls fly in a no men area, finally made in china

    Bindu Sunday, 20 May 2018 04:01 PM

    Dear SL Air Force, when you doing the training please fly somewhere over the sea or river, and make sure inform the public about the training, we can not trust this three wheeler standard aircraft from China,

    Hadil Monday, 21 May 2018 03:18 PM

    Do you have any idea about PT-16 aircrafts. Try bit of google

    mohan Sunday, 20 May 2018 04:27 PM

    USD 5 million for 6 x PT-6 ? some one have made big fat commission

    Stunned Citizen Sunday, 20 May 2018 05:17 PM

    Damn! these aircraft look like they were salvaged from some WWII hanger. Well done GOSL!

    sanjaya Tuesday, 22 May 2018 02:01 PM

    thats because they are meant to be used as first trainers to train farmer boys to proper fighter pilots.any more questions?

    Gen Sunday, 20 May 2018 06:36 PM

    Former Secretary will not like this since he couldn’t make his commission from purchasing the aircrafts via a bogus company name.

    DN Sunday, 20 May 2018 07:49 PM

    By looking at first picture,I thought those are toys...

    Ceylon Sunday, 20 May 2018 08:54 PM

    Where is the so call next incoming super power india??.still strugling to make a quality car.big talks little work.same like bankrupt srilanka.

    Saman Monday, 21 May 2018 06:50 AM

    Toys! We need Su-37s!

    sanjaya Tuesday, 22 May 2018 02:02 PM

    you want to give someone a Su-37 without first training in these?

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