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|Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:45 pm Post subject: India offfers the Tejas to Sri Lanka
Outwitting Pakistan? India Offers Sri Lanka Its Newest Fighter Jet
October 31, 2015
In an attempt to outdo its archrival Pakistan, which has offered its JF-17 fighter jet, India is trying to sell the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft to Sri Lanka, the Sunday Observer reports.
The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is looking to procure 18 to 24 new fighter aircraft to replace its obsolete fleet of Chinese license-built MIG-21 by 2017, although there have been debates within the country about whether the SLAF is in genuine need of a next-generation fighter aircraft.
The commander of the SLAF, Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala will visit Pakistan next month, which has offered its jointly-developed Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft.
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