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Army chief requests for mass production of modern artillery

21 February 2019 11:12 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake had requested the Centre for Research and Development (CRD) to begin the mass production of modern weaponry including Multi-Barrel Rocket Launchers (MBRLs) for the use of Army training and operations as well as to save a large amount of foreign exchange to the country.

He had made this request on Wednesday when he visited the CRD at Pitipana in Homagama on the invitation of CRD Director-General Brigadier Tiran De Silva (Retd).

The Army Commander had inspected the technical division and electronic, nuclear, biological and chemical wings of the CRD that produce multiple military requirements.

He had monitored CRD-invented missiles and MBRLs, simulation platforms used for training, ballistic rubber samples, simulators for jungle lane firing needs, rocket launchers, mortars, parachutes, armoured tanks and multiple accessories necessary for tri-services.

Furthermore, he had discussed other innovative moves by the institute and shared his thoughts with research officers on possibilities of exporting certain products.

The CRD-produced 10-barreled MBRL that stole the limelight at the recent Independence Day military parade was the first-ever locally-produced multi-barrel rocket launcher in keeping with international standards.

Last month, the CRD-manufactured ballistic rubber sample for firing purposes was introduced to the Army Commander. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 14

  • vithura Thursday, 21 February 2019 11:15 PM

    Excellent, the poor masses can have these as food supplement!

    Lal Friday, 22 February 2019 09:24 AM

    You do realize that by locally producing equipment we both save money and allows us to export them to make money

    BUSHEL Friday, 22 February 2019 09:30 AM


    ConcernedCitizen Friday, 22 February 2019 06:50 AM

    Keep innovating and producing defence equipment whenever possible. I hope you guys are paid handsomely for the effort. All the best CRD Friday, 22 February 2019 10:13 AM

    Why this kola-veri???

    Jaliya B. Friday, 22 February 2019 07:55 AM

    Mahesh S. is a good leader but he need to slowdown and start to focus ahead not looking AFT. MBRLs are point and fire devices highly inaccurate and waste of investment, nowadays mostly used by terrorist or separatist. Sri Lanka needs to invest money on technological advanced models with guidance systems and target acquisition. Also the drone technology where the battlefield is at your fingertips in front of a large monitor with the comfort of an air conditioned control room platform. Watch the monitor in front of you and see the intended target dissapear in to a dust cloud. Then again with the rate of corruption and political mockery ... we'll never get there. Friday, 22 February 2019 10:15 AM

    Focus on peace and institutions that safeguard fundamental rights - be just and sincere . That’s a much greater weapon than a “weapon to kill “

    Chamika Friday, 22 February 2019 07:53 PM

    Can't expose all many

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 22 February 2019 09:33 AM

    Big Talk. Just one MBRL and the Army Commander is already talking about exporting sophisticated military hardware. We are a nation of day dreamers.

    Saman Friday, 22 February 2019 09:55 AM

    Time to invade India!

    KANJIPANI IMRAN Friday, 22 February 2019 10:58 AM

    This is the army, so it's their responsibility to keep the army ready /updated for any future operation so there is no issue with their decision to build weapons rather than buying them from out sources .It is Gvt responsibility to look at the other issues in this country.Here Army commander is doing his duty correct!

    kumar Friday, 22 February 2019 02:10 PM

    The firearms are intended for mass destruction and can be used as hit-or-miss basis, but I don't think making parachutes are clever enough as it is intended for life saving and nobody want to risk their lives using it.

    Mohamed Friday, 22 February 2019 05:54 PM

    But I heard SL economy is in crisis...?

    Saraa Goyya Friday, 22 February 2019 08:41 PM

    Can they manufacture Heavy Tractors, Earth moving machines and Amphibious crafts to be used in natural disasters, Water pumping

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