Cabinet this week approved a proposal by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to procedure four   used helicopters  for  the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF).

The  helicopters will be  procured after calling for international competitive  bids, Co-Cabinet spokesman  Romesh Pathirana said.

The two helicopters used for training pilots  by the SLAF at present were manufactured in 1981 and the decision to procure the helicopters has been taken based on  service requirements.

“There are SLAF personnel serving with the UN Peace Keeping Forces in the Sudan and the Central African Republic and there is a requirement to train additional personnel to undertake such  tours of duty, ”Pathirana said.