Sri Lankan Air Force

Sri Lanka Aviation Unit in South Sudan Receive UN Medals

Sri Lanka Aviation Unit in South Sudan Receive UN Medals

25-May-2020Source: Sri Lanka Air Force

The UN Medal Awarding Ceremony of 4th Contingent of Sri Lanka Aviation Unit (UNMISS) in South Sudan was held on 20 May 2020 at the Sri Lanka Aviation Unit Hangar premises in Bor. Brigadier General Mohammad Jahangir Alam, the Sector Commander (Sector East) graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. In addition, Ms. Deborah Schein (Head... Read more

Sri Lankan Air Force carry out first aerial seeding operation

Sri Lankan Air Force carry out first aerial seeding operation

17-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The Sri Lankan Air Force recently achieved the first ever Seed Bombing operation in Nochchiagama. The operation hopes to increase green cover in Sri Lanka from 27% to 32% by 2030. They dropped 5,000 seed bombs over 5 acres of land, spreading three different types; Mee, Karanda and Kumbuk from a SLAF Mi-17, reports Daily... Read more

29-May-17 SMH-589 Mil Mi-17 Baddegama, Sri Lanka

29-May-17 SMH-589 Mil Mi-17 Baddegama, Sri Lanka

29-May-2017

While involved in flood relief support, helicopter landed in a residential garden, with the boom breaking off against the roof of the house. Registration validated by photo on this page None of the 11 POB injured.  Helicopter substantially damaged... Read more

27-May-17 Mil Mi-17 Neluwa, Sri Lanka

27-May-17 Mil Mi-17 Neluwa, Sri Lanka

27-May-2017

37-year- old SLAF airman, YMS Yaparathna, fall off a helicopter while conducting a rescue operation, along with the two individuals he was rescuing.  All three were injured when they fell, and were admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital where the airman later died of his injuries.  He was posthumously promoted from Flight Sergeant to the... Read more

Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

Sri Lanka deploys unit under UN Mission in Central African Republic

12-Sep-2014Source: SLAF

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is due to deploy an Aviation Unit under the United Nations Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic(MINUSCA) which has been established under chapter vi to viii of United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 2149 (2014). This is the first ever aircraft deployment by Sri Lanka and SLAF... Read more

07-Jun-13 Bell 412 Katupotha, Sri Lanka

07-Jun-13 Bell 412 Katupotha, Sri Lanka

7-Jun-2013

Precautionary landing, reportedly with Air Force Commander Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama on board... Read more

Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

Bell delivers two 412s to Sri Lanka Air Force

2-Dec-2011Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it delivered two Bell 412s to the Sri Lanka Air Force during a ceremony at its facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. “We’ve had a strong partnership with the Sri Lanka Air Force for more than 40 years,” said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president for... Read more

Sri Lanka to purchase 14 Mi-17s?

Sri Lanka to purchase 14 Mi-17s?

29-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Reports from local website TamilNet suggests that Sri Lanka is negotiating to purchase 14 military spec Mi-17s, with a 43-strong delegation visiting Russia to negotiate the deal in June 2011.  The helicopters are to be built at the Ulan-Ude Aviation Works factory.  A defence analyst expressed surprise at the size of the order, given the... Read more

Sri Lankan Air Force to buy two more Bell 412s?

Sri Lankan Air Force to buy two more Bell 412s?

4-Aug-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Local sources in the capital Colombo are reporting that that Sri Lankan Air Force are to buy two Bell 412s.  The report states that representatives are already with Bell in Texas discussing details of the acquisition. The SLAF already operates eight Bell 412s.  Unusually, the Air Force also operates pseudo civil flights under the operating... Read more

Sri Lanka Air Force offers flood-beating helicopter service

Sri Lanka Air Force offers flood-beating helicopter service

20-May-2010Source: HeliHub.com

The Sri Lankan Air Force has agreed to provide a helicopter service to get people to and from the airport, following recent flooding in the region.  The SLAF has for a long time operated a commercial arm under the name of Helitours, albeit with the helicopters retained in military colours and with military serials.  HeliHub.com... Read more

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