Sri Lanka Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (SLEME) of the SL Army handed over nine  modernized Unibuffels , one recovery vehicle and three containers to the Combat Convoy Company (CCC) of the Sri Lankan UN Peace-Keepers serving in Mali in West Africa.

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff, Commander of the Army and Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak  took part in the ceremony to symbolically hand over the vehicles to  to Rahileen Booram, Line Manager of Ben Line Shipping Agencies (Pvt) Ltd for onward shipping arrangements.

"We have reached an understanding with the UN over the number of such vehicles that should be made available to those troops. Earlier, imported WMAZ vehicles, each costing about Rs 40 million was purchased for those UN troops which are very expensive. Those combat squadrons are generally supplied with those vehicles, but our skilled SLEME troops spending nearly one fourth of that expenditure, managed to produce those vehicles, " the Army Commander said.

Presently, 243 Sri Lankan UN Peacekeepers, including 20 officers and 223 other ranks, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Nihal Gallage, together with 65 vehicles are serving the Mali Combat Squadron.

Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva at ceremony to hand over the vehicles to Rahileen Booram, Line Manager of Ben Line Shipping Agencies (Pvt) Ltd for shipment to Mali