The first ever Dornier aircraft obtained from India will be inducted to the Sri Lanka Air Force Fleet on Monday to enhance the maritime surveillance capabilities.
The Sri Lanka Air Force said during the Defence Dialog between India and Sri Lanka in January 2018 in New Delhi, the government sought the possibility of obtaining two Dornier Reconnaissance aircraft from India.
Subsequently, India agreed to provide a Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol aircraft from the Indian Naval Fleet for the first two years of the interim period since it would be required two years to manufacture new aircraft.
The Indian government also agreed to provide a brand-new Dornier 228 Maritime Patrol aircraft free of charge.
The Dornier 228 aircraft is a highly versatile multi-purpose light transport aircraft.
The Dornier aircraft will be inducted during a ceremony to be held under the patronage of President Ranil Wickremesinghe and High Commissioner of India in Colombo Gopal Baglay the at Sri Lanka Air Force Base in Katunayake.