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SLAF to get three overhauled Antonov-32 aircraft from Ukraine

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Three Ukrainian-built Antonov-32 transport aircraft belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) which were sent to Ukraine for overhaul purposes, will be brought back to the country on Friday.

SLAF Spokesman Group Captain Dushan Wijesinghe said the three AN-32B aircraft belonging to the Sri Lanka Air Force were sent to Ukraine in August last year to undergo repairs and a life extension.

He said a SLAF team had also left for Ukraine to assist and supervise the process.

SE SSFTIF Ukrinmash together with SE Аntonov and SE 410 CA Plant signed the contract to undergo repairs, with Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense last year.

Prior to this, six Ukrainian aviation engineers visited Sri Lanka in May 2020 to inspect the aircraft and recommend a complete overhaul.

The airforce spokesman said the SLAF pilots had already left Ukraine with the AN-32B aircraft and will land in Sri Lanka on Friday.

AN 32B was inducted to the SLAF in 1995 to replace the Avro HS 748 aircraft. SLAF purchased four AN 32B aircraft and all of them were grounded. Sri Lanka is also expecting to send the remaining AN-32 to Ukraine for similar overhauling.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

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  • ravin Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:07 PM

    If it saves the purpose and money by all means bright idea. Are there any warranties for the work done.

    Boo Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:29 PM

    Udayangana and the Paksas's with make a quick buck.

    HOO Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:30 PM

    The next wave of COVID-19 will be after these scrap heaps arrive.

    friendfriend Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:40 PM

    Business for Uyangana

    ACA Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:46 PM

    Another Udayanga deal for sure. We become dumping state for world garbage.

    Aruna Manipura Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:53 PM

    Need of the hour! Money earned from Ukrainian Tourists can be used to pay for this. Miracle of UW!

    Buddhist Wednesday, 09 June 2021 04:36 PM

    Another MIG deal?

    Janapala Kulasena Wednesday, 09 June 2021 04:50 PM

    Give them first to Hon parliamentarians to see whether they die sooner than later!

    Ram Wednesday, 09 June 2021 05:12 PM

    Ha Haa So Ukraine agent is still putting deals for the government to buy aircrafts

    Mm Wednesday, 09 June 2021 06:32 PM

    Have they forgotten how many fell out of the sky

    Mohan Wednesday, 09 June 2021 07:19 PM

    What’s the urgency for this investment at this time ?


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