Mission statement[ edit ] The mission statement of the Sri Lanka Air Force is To achieve professional excellence in rapid mobility and precision engagement by developing core capabilities based on technological superiority, to ensure operational readiness and success in exploiting the competent human resources and equipment of the Sri Lanka Air Force  The Vision of the Sri Lanka Air Force is To be a well accomplished, resolute and an ingenious air power capable of fulfilling the aspirations of the nation and preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the island  History[ edit ] Although Ceylonese had served in the Royal Air Force RAF and the government of Ceylon adopted the No. Senanayake began establishing its armed forces.
Mission statement[ edit ] The mission statement of the Sri Lanka Air Force is To achieve professional excellence in rapid mobility and precision engagement by developing core capabilities based on technological superiority, to ensure operational readiness and success in exploiting the competent human resources and equipment of the Sri Lanka Air Force  The Vision of the Sri Lanka Air Force is To be a well accomplished, resolute and an ingenious air power capable of fulfilling the aspirations of the nation and preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the island  History[ edit ] In its early years, the air force was engaged primarily in immigration patrol, with occasional assistance in emergency relief.
During the insurgency ofthe air force played a major role in restoring internal order; in addition to providing transport of supplies and troops, it participated in assaults against insurgent strongholds. Following the ethnic rioting ofthe air force was placed on permanent active status and participated in counter-insurgency activities and air strikes on the rebel-controlled areas of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.
These were followed by Boulton Paul Balliol T. The first helicopter type to be added to the service was the Westland Dragonfly. The RAF departed Ceylon in the late s: By these were in storage.
Responding rapidly the RCyAF deployed its limited aircraft, at first to resupply besieged police stations and military outposts and patrol around major cities.
The Jet Provosts were taken out of storage and put into service within three days, carrying out attacks on insurgents. Because of a shortage of funds for military expenditure in the wake of the uprising, the No.
The force had grown gradually during its early years, reaching a little over 1, officers and recruits in the s. During the First Eelam War between andthe force grew by nearly 50 percent.
As in the other services, a shortage of spare parts plagued maintenance efforts, forcing the service to send a number of aircraft to Singapore and elsewhere for repairs. After the purchase of equipment from Canada inthe air force gained the capability to make structural repairs on its fleet of Bell helicopters, several of which had been damaged in operations against the Tamil separatists.
Maintenance of electronic equipment was performed at the communications station at Ekala, in the north of Colombo District. After the riots, the government worked rapidly to expand the SLAF inventory, relying largely on sources in ItalyBritain, and the United States. Bynine more Bell s were added to the fleet, along with four Bell s.
Additionally, the air force, with the help of Heli Orient of Singaporeequipped twelve Bell and Bell helicopters to serve as gunships and as transport vehicles for highly successful commando assault operations. The air force had a fleet of approximately eighty aircraft, of which sixty-four were reported to be operational in early Government forces reportedly also used helicopters on bombing missions.
A more effective bombing capability was provided by a small fleet of Chinese Harbin Y turboprop transport aircraft.
Transport, training, and surveying functions were carried out by a variety of Cessna and de Havilland aircraft. In during the Vadamarachchi Operation the air force mustered one HStwo Ys and one de Havilland Heron, all configured as improvised bombers.
In the air force acquired Shaanxi Y-8s and would later use them for bombing, until when one Y-8 crashed during a bombing mission, when all bombing using transport aircraft were stopped. In Mil Mi gunships were acquired for close air support for the army and by Mil Mis were added to the fleet.
This included four C. A Mig of the No. Six K-8 Karakorum trainers were soon bought from China, creating No. Three military training aircraft and five civilian jets were also among the destroyed aircraft. Huge walls were built around the terminals and the control towers to prevent impact from car bomb attacks, and many sentries were placed along the approach roads to the facility.
All airports including the international airport are heavily guarded by members of the SLAF Regiment. In four MiGs were bought from Ukraine to replace two lost in crashes and the one lost in the attack on the airport.
Following confirmation that the LTTE was using several light weight aircraft inthe SLAF expanded its air defence capabilities which had been neglected for years. Extensive air defence radar network was established and ground-based air defence strengthened. Airborne interception of the LTTE light aircraft were developed using both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft until dedicated interceptors were acquired.
In the early hours of October 22, a ground attack by the LTTE on SLAF Anuradhapura at Saliyapura, which was supported briefly by its air wing, resulted in the destruction of eight aircraft with several others damaged. Early in the air force received six F-7Gs, these are primarily used as interceptors and are attached to No.
It moved many of its units including fighter jets to forward air bases to increase the number of sorties. The air force began utilizing its fix wing and rotary wing transport aircraft for civilian transport by reforming the civilian domestic airline Helitours. It also began undertaking international flights and deployments as part of humanitarian and UN peacekeeping operation.
The breakdown of the desalination facility resulted in a desperate shortage of drinking water in Male and the equipment for repair could not be flown in commercial flights, resulting in the Maldivian government requesting aid from the government of Sri Lanka.
This was the first time a SLAF aircraft has been deployed on a rescue mission to a foreign country. In the years that followed the war, the SLAF began a program of upgrading its air fleet and looking for replacements for aging aircraft.Sep 09, · It does not give the true picture) The research for South Asia project was sponsored the US Deputy Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, US Air Force and the Commander of the USâ€™s Pacific Air Forces.
A classified version of this update on Sri Lanka was given to the Sri Lanka Air Force and Army headquarters and DMI for comments.
Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. Hemasiri Fernando visited the Sri Lanka Air Force Headquarters (AFHQ) in Colombo, on 14th November Full Story Army to hold ICT Exhibition and Symposium this month [November 14 ].
Kotelawala Defence University - KDU This four-year full-time undergraduate programme aims to deliver the concepts in engineering design of Mechatronic systems, which integrate Mechanical and Electronic control systems and Information Technology so that the graduates are well prepared to become competent Mechatronic Engineers.
the existing air defence system of sri lanka. the evolution of air defence system. 1. 1. The requirement of developing air Defence system is highly arisen from the past as a result of enemy air functionality was very visible when working on challenge field.
Through the world wars air defence systems played a essential role known as battle of Britain and Normandy marketing campaign in Sri Lanka negotiates with Russia to acquire S and Buk air defense missile systems According to the Sri Lanka Guardian newspaper website, Sri Lanka Defense Ministry is under negotiations with Russia to acquire new air defense systems S and Buk.