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India to transfer dornier reconnaissance aircraft to SL

13 April 2019 10:29 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


India is hoping to transfer a Dornier reconnaissance aircraft to Sri Lanka in a bid to boost defence collaboration between the two countries, Swarajya news reported yesterday quoting Times Now.

It said the move follows the recent conclusion of a joint military exercise between the two countries.

Swarajya went on to note that in recent years, Sri Lanka has been wooed by both China and India, with the former extending massive amounts of credit to build large-scale infrastructure projects such as the Hambantota port.

The Chinese Navy also docked its submarines in the country’s ports, leading to a strong protest from India. Since then, the Sri Lankan government has barred any foreign ‘offensive’ military systems from its territory.

India’s successful outreach to Sri Lanka is not an exception; other countries in the region, such as the Maldives and Bangladesh, have also been warming up to the idea of defence cooperation with India.

A Dornier aircraft will also be supplied to the Maldives, where a government seen to be in favour of closer ties with India has just won elections.


  Comments - 6

  • Concerned Sri Lankan Saturday, 13 April 2019 04:20 PM

    There is a vast difference between the superior Chinese reconnaissance air craft which was wholly designed and built by the Chinese and the Indian aircraft Dornier which is old, has poor safety record involving many crashes and further more Indians never designed them but only built under license from the original German makers.With these available facts no sane government would choose the Indian Air craft whether offered free or not.

    Kani Saturday, 13 April 2019 06:27 PM

    So this aircraft, how old is it..? Is it an aircraft which the Indian Air Force has retired from service..?

    Ravi Saturday, 13 April 2019 06:40 PM

    Another white elephant?

    Jaliya Sunday, 14 April 2019 09:22 AM

    Some piece of junk they're trying to unload on sri lankan soil. Even if its the D-228NG still belongs in a junk yard. sri lankan politicians are known to siphon public funds and hand out to receive freebees from anyone are a known fact. Nothing comes for free there will be strings attached to the political Muppet's to control their facial expressions.

    Narada Sunday, 14 April 2019 03:41 PM

    A country which was ruled by great kings who defeated Indian invasions now relying on handouts from the Indians? What are we? Beggars of Asia? More than the politicians we should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing these greedy politicians ruin our beautiful mother lanka.

    Gamarala Monday, 15 April 2019 03:07 PM

    In the name of "transferring Dornier reconnaissance aircraft for boosting defense collaboration" Endians will plant this obsolete contraption along with the crew for spying and to have a foothold in the strategic NE theater. Far fetched ?...... google "dornier gift india maldives".

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