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    SRI LANKA AIR FORCE FACILITATES AIR TRANSPORT FOR KAPILAVASTU RELICS
    http://www.airforce.lk/news.php?news=1240

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    Quote Originally Posted by Praetorian View Post
    SLAF has a brilliant record regarding aircraft maintenance. If my memory is right only 3 aircraft have come down due to technical faults;

    1 Antov transport/Chinese variant Y-8(?)

    1 Bell helicopter in 2007 (at the time the LTTE attacked the Anuradhapura Air base). I think this bird was rushed into the air and sadly we lost two greater assets then the helicopter, our brilliant pilots to which you cannot put a price tag.

    1 Mi-24 also hit the ground some time in 2009 or 2010, thankfully no loss of life.

    It is very heart warming to know that the SLAF maintain such brilliant and high standards, on par with the worlds best air forces and our engineering boys are excellent in their adaptation and skill, especially when you consider the limited resources coupled to the work load (regarding the war). It’s also further sweetening when you consider the unwanted Elephant across the Straits has the worst record in history, in spite of all it's mammoth resources
    A small correction bro,

    In your third example above(which is regarding MI 24 helicopter),unfortunately we lost two brilliant pilots.It happened on 27th of November,2009.Those two pilots was,Squadron Leader Esala Dodanmaluwa and,Flight Lieutenant Rehan Fernando .......................... we salute our heros.................

    Thanx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antonov View Post
    A small correction bro,

    In your third example above(which is regarding MI 24 helicopter),unfortunately we lost two brilliant pilots.It happened on 27th of November,2009.Those two pilots was,Squadron Leader Esala Dodanmaluwa and,Flight Lieutenant Rehan Fernando .......................... we salute our heros.................

    Thanx.

    Thanks for informing. I was unaware we lost our pilots in this incident. Thats really saddening to hear.

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    Sri Lanka Air Force Victory Day 2013

    SLAF Aircrafts taking off and preparing for the Victory Day 2013 at Galle Face.Please comment and see the photos !!!! Thanks, Haleef Ismail
















































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    Sri Lanka Air Force Victory Day 2013

    SLAF Aircrafts taking off and preparing for the Victory Day 2013 at Galle Face.Please comment and see the photos !!!! Thanks, Haleef Ismail



































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    nice .. the following two are VIP conversions of Mi17. I believe they are not done ex-Factory ..

    ... but still, as a wise man once said, when a Mil crashes, they burn so furiously ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecureilx View Post
    nice .. the following two are VIP conversions of Mi17. I believe they are not done ex-Factory ..

    ... but still, as a wise man once said, when a Mil crashes, they burn so furiously ..
    ohh yes !!! these sure are VIP Mi 17s !!yeah if it crashes the whole thing burns !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haleef View Post
    ohh yes !!! these sure are VIP Mi 17s !!yeah if it crashes the whole thing burns !!!
    Haleef! Thanks for the information and pictures! Most of the countries are using MI-17 for Military purposes. Unfortunately countries like North Korea, Sri Lanka ... using it for civilian use. Any idea how many of these MI-17s are now with SLAF ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haleef View Post
    ohh yes !!! these sure are VIP Mi 17s !!yeah if it crashes the whole thing burns !!!
    The burning thing has something to do with the alloys used by the manufacturer .. plus the location of the Fuel Tank

    in a nearby country, one of the civil Mi-17's clipped a cable and crashed, all pax rolled out alive and they had the previlege of seeing the barely damaged chopper go up in flames, all over in less than 30 minutes .. and nothing for the investigators to see ..

    with the pronounced nose-down attitude, the Mils are thrill rides .. of course ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banuthev View Post
    Haleef! Thanks for the information and pictures! Most of the countries are using MI-17 for Military purposes. Unfortunately countries like North Korea, Sri Lanka ... using it for civilian use. Any idea how many of these MI-17s are now with SLAF ?
    I think they are used mainly for VIP and also for droping parachutes and cargo operations!

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    yea! there is also a variant of the copter called the Mi-172 for civillian use, based out of the MI-8MTV.

    Well what you gotta realize is that these are USSR designed & manufactured machines... built for rugged use and not for safe & comfortable VIP missions or even for that matter to use them for civilian transport operations again which all depends on the level of regulations held upon these copters and their operations by the CAASL. Since SLAF utilized most of these Mi-17s for the war and now some of them are being converted to VIP travel purposes, I really don’t see the safety factor behind them. Then again if the SLAF has done its job with proper MX and what not to make sure they are safer for civilian use- (Without cutting any corners on safety)….. Sure deal, why not use them!

    My personnel outlook on these “Hips” are that they do not look like proper civilian used copters! Two of these flying around kinda gives out a impression that there is a invasion taking place…haha

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    Six Russian helicopters reached SriLanka

    Six MI-171 helicopters from Russia reached Colombo last week.
    SriLanka purchase 14 helicopters according to the corresponding contract for supplying the helicopters will be carried out on account of the Russian state credit 350 billion US$ given to Sri Lanka by Russia in 2010 for purchasing Russian armaments.
    Among the 14, six helicopters brought up to Colombo.
    Two AN 124 helicopters carried three helicopters each.
    Two Mi 171-E VIP helicopters were also among them. This helicopter includes satalight facilities. According to the sources 8 passengers will be able to travel in this and it would be use for the transportation activities of Lankan president.
    Furthermore four Mi 171 – SH helicopters handed over to SriLankan navy.
    Russian engineers and technicians have visited to SriLanka provide technical assistance to Lankan personals to operate the helicopters.

    http://www.cmbtimes.com/2013/06/six-...l#.Uaw4bkBvCwc

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpookyFlyer View Post
    Six Russian helicopters reached SriLanka

    Six MI-171 helicopters from Russia reached Colombo last week.
    SriLanka purchase 14 helicopters according to the corresponding contract for supplying the helicopters will be carried out on account of the Russian state credit 350 billion US$ given to Sri Lanka by Russia in 2010 for purchasing Russian armaments.
    Among the 14, six helicopters brought up to Colombo.
    Two AN 124 helicopters carried three helicopters each.
    Two Mi 171-E VIP helicopters were also among them. This helicopter includes satalight facilities. According to the sources 8 passengers will be able to travel in this and it would be use for the transportation activities of Lankan president.
    Furthermore four Mi 171 – SH helicopters handed over to SriLankan navy.
    Russian engineers and technicians have visited to SriLanka provide technical assistance to Lankan personals to operate the helicopters.

    http://www.cmbtimes.com/2013/06/six-...l#.Uaw4bkBvCwc
    Do we really need more military helicopters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serendib View Post
    Do we really need more military helicopters?
    according to this they are donating 8 of them

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/29646...ers-to-sl.html

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    more choppers, so Military can do civil stuff, a-la Indonesia Military

    and drive the private sector out of business while making $ for the armed forces ..

  17. #57
    What happened to the proposal of building a new airbase and leaving BIA ? Are we buying Mig 29s ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tig View Post
    What happened to the proposal of building a new airbase and leaving BIA ? Are we buying Mig 29s ?
    Hmm!! Did they have a plan of building a new airbase? i thought SLAF going to be remained in BIA. This is is good news if it's true. BIA need space for second runway.

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    Breaking News: Antonov crashes short of RML runway

    According to Derana TV an Antonov crashed while landing at Ratmalana. At least 4 fatalities have been confirmed.

    the only link i could find for now: http://www.nation.lk/edition/latest-...ane-crash.html

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