Sunday, May 31, 2009

Help from above was crucial in Eelam War IV

  • The SLAF squadrons were always there when needed, carrying out precision sorties against the enemy and transporting essentials, troops and casualties

(ST)During the two-and-a-half decades of the separatist conflict, the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has played a vital role in combating Tiger guerrillas and zeroing in on strategic LTTE targets. Here, The Sunday Times reviews the role played by some of the SLAF squadrons in operations conducted during Eelam War IV.

The No. 10 fighter squadron, established on January 5, 1996 and comprising Israeli-built Kfir jets, was tasked with providing offensive support for ground and maritime operations, air surveillance and interception. The squadron also takes credit for taking out several strategic LTTE targets during the war. Full text