Apr 09, 2017

Warship to be acquired from Russia to protect Sri Lankan seas Featured

The government has decided to acquire a warship from Russia for security and observation of the now-expanded Sri Lankan waters.

It will be a direct deal between the two governments, and will involve a payment of 150 million US dollars as a loan.

The ship will also have a helicopter pad, and Sri Lanka will be given the training and weaponry required.

Local agent?

The Moscow-based Rosoboronexport, a state-private enterprise, has been a key weapons seller for Sri Lanka.

Its local agent was one Priyantha, a relative of Rajapaksa-family friend Chandima Rasaputra, who died recently and his son Akila has now taken over the reins.

Akila is reportedly trying to become the local agent for the purchase of the warship from Russia.

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