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IAF jets, planes here for SLAF’s 70th anniversary

Some of the IAF jets that will participate in the air show at the Katunayake SLAF air base. Pictures by Indian High Commission.
Some of the IAF jets that will participate in the air show at the Katunayake SLAF air base. Pictures by Indian High Commission.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Indian Navy will participate in the 70th anniversary celebration of the Sri Lanka Air Force.

To commemorate this event, A fly past and an aerobatic display will be held at Galle Face from March 3 to 5. The presentation of President’s Colours to No. 5 Fighter Squadron and No. 6 Helicopter Squadron of the Sri Lanka Air Force will also be held.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will participate in the event with an Aerobatic Display by Sarang (Advance Light Helicopter), Surya Kiran (Hawks), Tejas Fighter Aircraft, Tejas Trainer and the Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft.

A total of 23 aircraft of the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy would participate in the event.

All the Indian aircraft on display are made in India. The Tejas Trainer, on display for the first time, would also afford the opportunity of independent sorties for the Sri Lanka Air Force Pilots, accompanied with the Indian Pilots whilst adhering to relevant strict health guidelines.

During the deployment, the officers from Sri Lanka Air Force and Sri Lanka Navy will also have firsthand experience onboard the Indian Navy’s Maritime Patrol Aircraft Dornier. Sri Lanka Air Force pilots and Sri Lanka Navy observers will fly along with the Indian crew. This is in continuation of the half yearly Dornier training sorties being facilitated for SLAF and SLN.