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Sri Lanka receives Do 228 maritime patrol aircraft from India

17th August 2022 - 03:44 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch


The Sri Lanka Air Force received a first Do 228 maritime patrol aircraft from India on 15 August. (Photo: IN)

Sri Lanka's ability to monitor its EEZ has received a boost thanks to the arrival of a first Do 228 aircraft.

The first of two Dornier 228 maritime patrol aircraft for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) arrived from India on 15 August.

Flown by a Sri Lankan crew, it touched down to a welcome ceremony at Katunayake Air Force. The event was attended by AM Sudarshana Pathirana, Commander of the Air Force, as well as Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickramasinghe.

The Do 228s destined for the SLAF are assembled by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This first aircraft had previously been serving in the Indian Navy, and it will be gifted to Sri Lanka for a two-year period.

At that point,

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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