Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has begun conducting daily Aerial Surveillance Operations in support of the Sri Lanka Navy’s efforts to block attempts to enter the country illegally by sea.
SLAF aircraft from the Light Transport Squadron at Ratmalana and from the Maritime Squadron at SLAF Academy China Bay are deployed to conduct Aerial Surveillance.
The aircraft conduct their surveillance operations along the International Maritime Boundary Line from Mannar up to Point Pedro. The main purpose is to observe and monitor sea vessels trying to breach the countries International Maritime Boundary Line, SLAF said in a news release today (16 April)
In addition to the above operations the SLAF conducts routine surveillance operations covering the entire island. The operations are done by dividing the country to eight main sectors. The SLAF utilizes Y-12 aircraft and Bell 212 helicopters from the No 3 and 8 Squadrons and the No 7 Helicopter Squadron.