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  1. #241
    Quote Originally Posted by Max View Post
    Sri Lanka proposes increase in defence spending for 2018

    The Sri Lankan government has proposed a 2018 defence budget of LKR290.7 billion (USD1.9 billion). The allocation is contained in the 2018 appropriation bill, which was presented to Sri Lanka’s parliament on 9 October.

    The defence budget amounts to about 7% of total government expenditure for 2018, and marks a 2.3% increase over 2017 military expenditure, which totalled LKR284 billion.

    http://www.janes.com/article/74751/s...fence-spending
    Govt plans on adding many naval ships to the SLN and SLCG,wonder what's happening to the fighter jet acquisition program.

  2. #242
    SLAF going to upgrade and return to service its five grounded Kfir fighters....

    http://www.janes.com/article/76335/i...sri-lanka-atac

  3. #243
    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    SLAF going to upgrade and return to service its five grounded Kfir fighters....

    http://www.janes.com/article/76335/i...sri-lanka-atac
    This looks more like IAI trying to market an upgrade than SLAF wanting it. I am not sure if there is any point in spending more money in 30/40 year old air frames.

  4. #244
    UFO hovers across the country

    Date - 2017-01-22

    An Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) hovering in the skies had been spotted in several areas of the country on Saturday night.


    Witnesses said the round-shaped object radiated a bright light. However, as captured by telescopes it was a bright, square shaped object with a moving core.

    The UFO was reported to have been spotted clearly in the western skies in Ratnapura, Hambantota, Galle and Matara around 7.15 pm.

    http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/UF...ry-122553.html

    Aliens on Earth: Pentagon ran secret multi-million dollar UFO programme

    The Pentagon has been running a secret multi-million dollar programme to investigate Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), US media report.

    Only a small number of officials were aware of the programme, which began in 2007 and was reportedly closed in 2012.

    The New York Times says documents from the operation describe strange speeding aircraft and hovering objects.

    The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme was the brainchild of Harry Reid, a retired Democratic senator who was the Senate majority leader at the time.

    He told the New York Times: "I'm not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going. I've done something that no one has done before."

    The programme is reported to have cost the Department of Defense more than $20 million before it was shut down in order to save costs.

    Although its funding ended in 2012, officials have reportedly continued to investigate sightings of unusual aerial phenomena and suspicious objects alongside their daily duties.


    Earlier this year, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) released millions of pages of declassified documents online.

    The records included UFO sightings and a collection of reports on flying saucers.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42379749

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    flight N581 from Ratmalana is actually a SLAF Mi-17 helicopter.(I tracked it and saw it!)

  6. #246
    Quote Originally Posted by SLD View Post
    flight N581 from Ratmalana is actually a SLAF Mi-17 helicopter.(I tracked it and saw it!)
    Yes, even N582. It's the White UN helicopter. But before the white helicopter was here, N581 was the tracker for a Cessna 172 of Fairway Aviation.

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