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Encyclopedia > Sri Lankan Air Force

The Sri Lanka Air Force is the Airborne Wing of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, and its key role is to provide tacical support to naval and land divisions.



The Sri Lankan Air Force was formed out of the elements of the British Royal Air Force that remained in in Sri Lanka after independance was granted in 1948. The Air Force is the youngest of the three armed services and was founded 9 March 1951. The Air Force started with mainly ex-RAF aircraft, with ten Chipmunk T10s being the first aircraft to be taken into service. In the early stages the Air Force only consisted of trainers, helicopters and transport aircraft. The first fighters were introduced in the early 70s, when five MiG-17Fs were delivered. It has been suggested that RAF stations be merged into this article or section. ...


  • Commander of the Air Force
  • Chief of Staff
  • Director Planning
  • Director Operations
  • Director Aeronautical Engineering
  • Director General Engineering
  • Director Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
  • Director Logistics
  • Director Administration
  • Director Civil Engineering
  • Director Training
  • Director Health Services
  • Director Welfare


"Establishing an Air Force of high operational efficiency to preserve the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka."


  • Provide tactical air support and transport to Land and Naval Forces.
  • Provide rescue facilities and transport at the request of the Government.
  • Provide engineering and logistics services to maintain aircraft, road transport, electronic equipment, other plant & machinery.
  • Provide troops for internal security operations.
  • Undertake non-military air operations and carry out research and development projects connected with national development.

The largest air base in Sri Lanka is Katunayake which is in close proximity to Bandaranaike International Airport. Katunayake a town is situated on the west coast of the island of Sri Lanka close to the commercial capital of Colombo. ... Bandaranaike International Airport (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI) is Sri Lankas only international airport. ...



Currently in Service

Training Aircraft

To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Hongdu JL-8 (or Nanchang JL-8) is a two-seat trainer aircraft built by joint-cooperation between Pakistan and the Peoples Republic of China. ...

Transport and Attack Helicopters

Bell 206L3 (D-HASA) at Airport Niederrhein, Germany Bell 206B (C-GOKE) at Cambridge Bay Airport, Nunavut, Canada The Bell Model 206 JetRanger is one of the most successful helicopter designs in the world. ... The Bell 212 is a light utility helicopter and generally has a crew of two and can carry up to 12 passengers. ... Bell 412 (VH-NSP) of Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia operated by CHC Helicopter Norwegian Bell 412SP helicopters taking part in the NATO exercise Strong Resolve 2000 The Bell 412 is an utility helicopter manufactured by Bell Helicopter Textron. ... The Mil Mi-17 (Also known as the Mi-8MT, NATO reporting name Hip-H) was a Soviet cargo helicopter. ... The Mil Mi-24 is a large combat helicopter gunship and low-capacity troop transport operated from 1976 by the Soviet Air Force, its successors, and over thirty other nations. ...

Transport Aircraft

  • Harbin Y-12
  • Antonov An-32
  • Lockheed C-130

The Harbin Y-12 is a high wing twin-engine turboprop utility aircraft built by Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation (HAMC). ... Antonov An-32P © ANTONOV ASTC The Antonov An-32 (NATO reporting name: Cline) is a twin-engined turboprop military transport aircraft. ... The Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a four-engine turboprop aircraft, is the main tactical air transport aircraft of the United States and United Kingdom military forces. ...

Attack Aircraft

  • Chengdu F-7
  • IAI Kfir
  • Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-27

The Chengdu J-7 (export versions are designated F-7) is a Peoples Republic of China_built fighter jet derived from the Russian MiG-21. ... The IAI Kfir (hebrew: כפיר) is an Israeli-built military aircraft based on the French Dassault Mirage 5. ... An Indian Air Force MiG-27 Flogger. ...

Reconnaissance Aircraft

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle over Iraq. ...

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Sri Lanka Air Force - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (883 words)
The Sri Lanka Air Force was formed out of the elements of the British Royal Air Force that remained in Sri Lanka after independence was granted in 1948.
The Air Force is the youngest of the three armed services and was founded 9 March 1951.
The Sri Lankan airforce(SLAF) acquired six Kfir C2s and a single TC2 in 1995-1996.A further five C7 versions were also added to the inventory by 2005.These have been used extensively during the conflict in the island with the LTTE.
A Sri Lankan air force plane mounted an attack on the Sri Durga Devi Temple in Tellippalai, Jaffna.
Vattrapalai Amman temple was shelled by the Sri Lankan army, the temple was packed with pilgrims for the annual Pongal festival.
Sri Lankan Army and Muslim homeguards surrounded the village of Sorikalmunai and took away the Tamil youths to Savalakkaddi army camp.
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