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The Sri Lankan government publicly announced that it intends to issue a Request For Information (RFI) in support of a programme to procure new fighter aircraft. The announcement came after Sri Lanka’s President, Maithripala Sirisena and his Cabinet on gave their formal approval for the solicitation of offers from foreign aircraft manufacturers for the procurement of a number of new aircraft and associated weapons through an inter-government agreement on 11 August.
As AMR reported in March, Sri Lanka had dropped a $400 million military deal earlier this year to procure eight to twelve PAC/CAC JF-17 fighters from Pakistan; a decision that came after Pakistan failed to offer an acceptable financial deal to support the aircraft’s acquisition and after its regional rival India objected to the agreement. New Delhi had allegedly sent Colombo a diplomatic communication, which included a negative technical assessment of the aircraft and claimed that the SLAF did not need the fighters. At the same time, India offered to sell Sri Lanka its Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) LCA Tejas fighters.
While speaking on the export potentials of the LCA-Tejas, Deodhare confirmed that many countries like Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan have shown interest in Tejas. Singapore has come forward to show interest in the trainer version of Tejas for training purpose.