(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –The Sri Lanka Air Force Monday handed over a decommissioned MI 27 fighter jet to the Aeronautical Engineering Laboratory of the University of Moratuwa.
Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana, officially handed over a Mig-27 aircraft to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa, Senior Professor Niranjan Gunawardana to promote the Aeronautical Engineering Degree program strengthening the longstanding partnership between the Sri Lanka Air Force and the University of Moratuwa.
In addition, a formal Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the Commander, on behalf of the Air Force and Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the University of Moratuwa, to further solidify the long standing partnership.
During the ceremony, the tremendous assistance rendered by the Sri Lanka Air Force over the years towards the establishment of the Aeronautical Engineering Degree program at the University was greatly appreciated.
The Commander also highlighted that it was an honor to be able to donate an aircraft that provided yeoman service to the nation, to the University to continue to serve the nation by being an invaluable educational aid for aspiring aeronautical engineers of the country.
Both parties agreed that they look forward towards continuing this partnership between the premier Engineering University in the country and Sri Lanka’s Guardians of the Skies, the SLAF, for decades to come, especially in the spheres of research and development such as the development of the “Lihiniya” Indigenous UAV System.