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Despite foreign media reports that claim Sri Lanka will be the first foreign buyer of the multi-role combat aircraft JF-17 Thunder, Sri Lanka Air Force says no decision has been made yet with regard to the procurement of the fighter jet. 

Air Force Spokesperson, Wing Commander Gihan Senevirathne speaking to Daily Mirror said although both Pakistan and China have indicated the availability of the fighter jet and proposals have been submitted on the availability of the aircrafts, SLA has not made any decision on purchasing them. 

Taiwan based China Times group news website ‘Want China Times’ however reports Sri Lanka would be the first foreign country to acquire the aircraft also known as the ‘Fierce Dragon’ or FC1-Xiaolong. This was following a claim made at the 51st Paris Airshow by PAF Sales and Marketing Chairman, Air Commodore Khalid Mahmood that ‘a contract has been signed with an Asian country’, which was reported in Pakistan-based new website 92NewsHD last week. 

'Want China Times' further notes that an order has been made for about 18 – 24 aircrafts and adds the speculations of Sri Lanka procuring the fighter jet emerged, when a photo of an office of a SLA Commander allegedly revealed a scale model of the JF-17 Thunder. It also quotes Pakistan Air Force stating the delivery of the aircraft to Sri Lanka would commence in 2017. 

The JF-17 Thunder is a lightweight, single-engine, multi-role combat aircraft developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China. It is deployed for aerial reconnaissance, ground attack and aircraft interception. Its designation ‘JF-17’ by Pakistan is short for ‘Joint Fighter-17’ and its alias ‘FC-1 Xiaolong’ in Chinese stands for ‘Fighter China-1 Fierce Dragon’. (Lakna Paranamanna)


  Comments - 32

  • Nanda Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:49 AM

    How many people are suffering in poverty in this country?

    shan Monday, 22 June 2015 12:15 PM

    Fight was over...then why?Please spend on making new pilots from SL, rather than wasting millions for foreign pilots!

    Prometheous Monday, 22 June 2015 12:18 PM

    why oh why would you want to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on these flying white-elephants??

    Mahen Monday, 22 June 2015 12:20 PM

    Which country are we planning a war with spending so much hard earned exchange earned by our people breaking their backs in Middle East?

    Coconut Republic Monday, 22 June 2015 12:32 PM

    This is not the need of the hour. Currently, we have very important priorities

    Waco Monday, 22 June 2015 12:33 PM

    Buy Japanese Fighter Jets or USA Fighter Jets.

    modaya Monday, 22 June 2015 12:35 PM

    Who to get the commission this time.Limit to 5% as it is our hard earn money.

    vasau Monday, 22 June 2015 12:35 PM

    Get F16/F18(US) or Sukhoi(Russia) ,they are field tested

    sam Tuesday, 23 June 2015 01:34 AM

    Hey NimsFCID has a mandate to investigate only the previous goverment time. Nothing before it or After it

    dulanka Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:08 AM

    then why keep an air force?wasting public money on their salaries?

    Waco Monday, 22 June 2015 12:43 PM

    This is just to " Hood-wink " public before the election.

    dulanka Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:09 AM

    because we have an air force and it needs aircraft. thats why :)

    Ranjith Monday, 22 June 2015 12:43 PM

    Despite many other priorities to be addressed why the government appears to be keen on obtaining fighter aircraft? Are they expecting another Eelam War again?

    Mason Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:38 AM

    Why do we need these sophisticated fighter jets. With which country are we in war with and/or is any country threatening to bomb us. The debt the country has to settle is already way beyond our means and why should we add to it with this needless purchase.This is only going to benefit some guys who would be collecting a fat commission.

    karu Tuesday, 23 June 2015 11:49 AM

    We need them urgently to bomb the daspora

    Aruna Monday, 22 June 2015 01:30 PM

    What for? Are we not living harmony with all the countries and no issues in ethnicity either in YAHAPALANAYA unlike MR era?

    Puran Appu Monday, 22 June 2015 07:51 PM

    I have no doubt they are going to target Lambos in Medamulana :-)

    Massdeen Tuesday, 23 June 2015 12:17 PM

    Why not use all that money to introduce new Metro railway system

    ANTON Monday, 22 June 2015 01:42 PM


    Nims Monday, 22 June 2015 02:25 PM

    FCID will have more work SOOOOOOOON

    saman Monday, 22 June 2015 02:33 PM

    With advanced fighter jets, which country are we going to war with? Each new generation of military leaders look for new toys and commissions.

    Sincere Monday, 22 June 2015 02:49 PM

    With fighter jets whom are we going to fight with??

    ANTON Monday, 22 June 2015 02:59 PM


    Prem Nath Monday, 22 June 2015 03:10 PM

    Easier to make money on these type of deals fast.The last government bought fighter planes,made money and yetmade use of the planes.This government will by them,make money and enjoy life while mthe planes rust.

    Citizen Perera Monday, 22 June 2015 03:19 PM

    Do Yahapalanaya government need fighter jets to fight Mahinda and the BBS? What a waste of money. Aerial reconnaissance is done by drones and satellite technology and not by fighter jets.

    Patriot Monday, 22 June 2015 04:20 PM

    Yako, gahanne kohomada if we do not buy new fighters?

    Diljith Monday, 26 October 2015 03:40 PM

    Why we are not checking LCA tejas , its a less cost one

    Push Monday, 22 June 2015 04:40 PM

    For what?

    vini Monday, 22 June 2015 05:00 PM


    kasun Friday, 26 June 2015 05:50 PM

    good luck

    mountain Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:32 PM

    good commission via DM Android App

    sarath Monday, 22 June 2015 05:53 PM

    What is this indecent hurry to buy Fighter Planes just ahead of elections. This will be jet another Central Bank scam. They are horungeth Horu Kamba Horu and RW knows how to shape it up beautifully but people will never be fooled at his expense.

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