India hands over a substitute surveillance aircraft to Sri Lanka

In response to Sri Lanka’s request, the Indian Government has handed over a Donier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft, which was part of the Indian Navy’s fleet, to Sri Lanka free of cost for a span of two years.

This not only reaffirmed the bilateral and security ties between both the countries; while also bolstering the island nation’s surveillance capabilities.

Noteworthy, the originally gifted Dornier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft to Sri Lanka is currently undergoing yearly maintenance in India.

Since its initial arrival in Sri Lanka, the Donier-228 maritime surveillance aircraft has significantly contributed to numerous operations.

These encompass a spectrum of activities such as monitoring and safeguarding Sri Lanka’s airspace and exclusive economic zone through maritime and coastal surveillance operations.

Besides, it also helped in executing search and rescue missions, and monitoring and controlling maritime pollution.