Pune 25 Sept 2017 (PCP NEWS) : To “Enhance the National Security”, Sri Lanka Government is to purchase six Indian Air Force Sukhoi SU-30 K fighter Aircraft, which have been grounded in Belarus as per Colombo’s news agency SL Guardian which reported last week.
Regarding the same negotiations were held last year from November 2-4 between company representatives of Lanka Logistics and Technologies Limited, which is fully owned by the Government of Sri Lanka, and Russia’s Irkut Corporation at 558 Aircraft Repair Plant, in Baranovichi, Belarus. Moscow has already sold 12 former Indian jets to Angola, and is reportedly waiting to sell 6 to Sir Lanka.
The Sri Lankan government had previously been looking at the Chinese-Pakistani JF-17, however,this was met with protest by India who in turn suggested a procurement of its own development, the LCA Tejas. However, the report points out that a lack of trained pilots in the Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) could prove fielding the fighters difficult without additional funding for a new fighter training program and more advanced training aircraft. PCP/SJ 13 30