India to gift navy plane to Sri Lanka day before China ‘spy ship’ docks there
NEW DELHI: India is set to gift a Dornier-228 maritime patrol aircraft to Sri Lanka on Monday, a day before the Chinese research vessel Yuan Wang 5 docks at the southern port of Hambantota in the island nation from August 16 to 22.
Indian Navy vice chief Vice Admiral Satish N Ghormade is now in Colombo on a two-day visit to take part in the Dornier handing-over ceremony, which will be attended by top Lankan offi als, as well as discuss measures to further bolster bilateral defence ties between the two countries.
The twin-engine Dornier-228 aircraft, which is manufactured by defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics and used extensively by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard for maritime surveillance, will be operated by the Sri Lankan Air Force. Sri Lankan pilots and technicians have already undergone training to operate the aircraft in India, sources said on Sunday.
Sri Lanka has requested India in 2018 for two Dornier-228 aircraft to enhance its maritime surveillance capabilities. The Dornier being handed over on Monday is from the esting fleet of the Indian Navy. It comes at a time when Indian concerns about the Chinese ballistic missile and satellite tracking research ship had led Sri Lankan to initially defer its docking in Hambantota. But it then did a U-turn to allow the docking of the “spy” vessel.
Gift a plane and then free fuel to fly it, cannot comprehend this game
Too much good towards neighbouring countries is bad for us, as most of these countries are selfish. First think about our nations interest then think about others.
Is Indian govt out of mind???? Why the hell are we gifting our defense assets to a back stabber??,Really disgusting and pathetic decision of Modi govt. Shameful!
It is in our interest to take back the island not just for fishing s but also for using the island to build a port there to counter Chinese moves.
China is capturing all indian nei ours now it's turn of india all north east is captured by china,India no match for china
All discarded n useless things r gifted
like china ,srilanka also cannot be trusted fully -if they were really concerned about their security they should have given katchatheevu to us - it is highly likely that srilanka were threatened by china to allow their spy ship to dock in their port -they are deeply inde ted to china -china will make it their permanent base and srilanka cannot stop it - they will be firmly under chinas grip - what we can do is to stop this donation of aircraft - no point in hel srilanka hereafter -
C K Narayanan
It’s high time for India to start having direct relationship with T as China is opposed to blacklisting Oak based Te rort
India should allow srilaka to die
That was a very clever strategy by the planners in India to gift a spy plane to Sri Lanka to spy upon the Chinese spy ship! Lol!
very tricky situation for india.
Feel sorry for sri lanka as they are caught between the de l and the deep blue sea ! china is showing its true colours Anyway the chinks are going to suffer a nice big chunk of 'national ' karma !!
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Sri Lanka is playing decently well to get the most of the situation.
No foreign policy with a backbone and only weak foreign policy that is not working for India's good.
Dornier may be to keep tab on what the spy ship is doing there. Srl Lanka would have been better off without Chinese loans but greedy po iticians sold country to the shylock and a thug. Opportunity for India to know about the thug ship.
D0 228 are gifted to Srilankan navy. I don't think Srilankan navy would either allow India or order their navy to spy the Chinese ship.
When can we take strong stance on our foreign policy? China taking advantage every were since we just express our objections but do not express them with actions,they take us for granted.
Sri Lank will use it to spot and catch Indians fishing in Lanka waters.
Free aircraft that cost $2.6 million to this back stabber? Time to raise a new Tamil separatist militancy similar to the LTTE -- that will be enough to take care of these backstabbers.
This is total betrayal by the Sri Lanka .