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India gifts Rs.200mn worth radar spares equipment to SLAF

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The Indian Air Force gifted 341 Indra Radar Spares worth Rs. 200 million to Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) to augment maintenance support for four INDRA Mk-II Air Surveillance Radars gifted to Sri Lanka Air Force by the Indian Government in 2011.

Indian High Commission said an Indian Air Force (IAF) An-32 aircraft landed at Bandaranaike International Airport on 10 January 2021 as part of India’s commitment to maintain high serviceability of weapons equipment provided by Government of India to Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

The handing over ceremony of Air Defence equipment and INDRA Mk-II Radar spares equipment was conducted yesterday at SLAF Base Katunayake with the participation of  Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay and Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana.

These spares would ensure continued optimal availability of the radars and provide the much needed redundancy to the SLAF.

Indian Defence Forces have remained committed towards ensuring high operational availability and capacity building Sri Lanka Defence forces, towards realisation of India’s Vision of Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR).

The INDRA Mk II radar is a mobile 2D radar capable of detecting low flying aircraft. It was developed by the Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) wing of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The radar has been manufactured by M/s Bharat Electronics and is the mainstay of the SLAF Surveillance capability. With friendly assistance from India, SLAF has been able to maintain 100% operational availability of the system. It is testimony to the technological prowess of India’s defence research and development sector and reliability of the products of Indian defence industry.

The event also marked the successful completion of annual life extension checks of 54 shoulder launched surface to air IGLA Missiles held with Sri Lanka Air Force.

The IGLA System was gifted to the Sri Lanka Government by the Govt of India in 2007.

Thereafter, Indian Air Force Training Team had assisted Sri Lanka Air Force in setting up the system and have also conducted multiple courses on the missile system.

Further, to ensure the operational availability of the IGLA missiles, they are annually taken by IAF for Life Extension check as a goodwill gesture.

The entire expenditure of airlifting the missiles, their Life Extension and their repositioning is borne by the Govt of India, in the spirit of strong and friendly relations between the two countries.

The assurance of India’s fullest cooperation in the field of security was recently reiterated to Sri Lanka’s leadership by the National Security Adviser of India, Mr Ajit Doval during the recently concluded trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation talks among India, Sri Lanka and Maldives hoisted by Sri Lanka in November 2020.

The expeditious positioning of the spares and the Igla Missiles is indicative of the growing cooperation, camaraderie and friendship between the two nations, with Sri Lanka being accorded the status of ‘Priority One’ partner by India.

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  • Nomads Sunday, 17 January 2021 12:21 PM

    Christmas has dawn to Sri Lanka with fancy gifts from India. In favour of what ? Hmmmm..... I don't no why ?

    Captain Newton ,Retired, South Africa. Sunday, 17 January 2021 01:03 PM

    Who is running the Defence of Sri Lanka ? Any fool can google and see what Indians have given as a “gift” in the form of radar to detect low flying aircrafts is actually a lump of garbage compared to similar radars made by Russia, America, France, China, or even South Africa. Not a single country was prepared to buy this Indian radar even though they tried very hard to sell. God save the Sri Lankan Anti- Aircraft Units.

    Kathir Sunday, 17 January 2021 01:56 PM

    There is no use of accepting all these inefficace Radar gifts Considered as e Christmas toys.

    Thavamanl Sunday, 17 January 2021 02:04 PM

    Dumping the garbage

    Jai Hind Sunday, 17 January 2021 04:51 PM

    The garbage still remains in the Tamil Nadu Refugee camps

    K.L Pathirana Sunday, 17 January 2021 04:43 PM

    What are these things looks like shoe boxes, I can buy them at DSI ?? If SLAF radar equipment can be packed into a shoe box, only thing it can detect is your foot.

    Kumar Sunday, 17 January 2021 06:02 PM

    Sri Lanka is and will always be thankless to India, better India should leave them on the sole mercy of China and get suffered, thankless deserved the same.

    BuffaloaCitizen Sunday, 17 January 2021 07:39 PM

    We can see a lot of typical Chingalese idiots commenting without understanding the article. For them, anything India is bullshit but any sperm from China is drinkable.

    Sambo Monday, 18 January 2021 07:10 AM

    So what are the strings tied behind this.

    Tarantula Monday, 18 January 2021 08:14 AM

    Will these too go off rada???

    Saman from Sri Lanka Monday, 18 January 2021 10:08 AM

    This is a clear violation of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.


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