Sri Lanka to purchase helicopters from Russia

Sri Lanka is conducting negotiations with Russia to purchase a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping missions.

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Mr.Dayan Jayatilleka has also confirmed that negotiations are being held on this regard.
While negotiations are underway, thee number of helicopters that Sri Lanka is going to purchase has not been defined.

Sri Lanka has been purchasing Mi-17 helicopters since the early 1990s.

The Mi-17 medium twin-turbine helicopter is manufactured in a variety of forms, including cargo, passenger, search and rescue, flying hospital and firefighting models. Over 100 countries worldwide have purchased Mi-17 helicopters.