Two Indian Air Force (IAF) heavy-lift aircraft arrived in the early morning hours of 04 November with a consignment of Nano Nitrogen fertilizer at the request of the Government of Sri Lanka.
The two IAF C-17 Globemaster aircraft arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport with 100,000 Kg of Nano Nitrogen. The deployment was to support the Government of Sri Lanka’s initiative on organic farming and to expedite the availability of Nano Nitrogen Fertiliser to Sri Lankan farmers.
The C17 aircraft operations were coordinated in close liaison with Sri Lanka Air Force. The quick deployment of IAF aircraft and expeditious disembarkation overnight were indicative of the close coordination between the two services. The aircraft crews were received by AVM Prasanna Payoe, Chief of Staff (COS) Sri Lanka Air Force. The COS thanked the IAF for their prompt response and continued support in essential matters.
It may be recalled that Indian Naval Ship Sarvekshak had undertaken a survey operation off Colombo in June- uly 2021 for ensuring safety of navigation after a fire accident onboard MV XPress Pearl. Separately, INS Shakti was deployed for providing 100 T Liquid Medical Oxygen during the fourth wave of the Covid pandemic.
The Government of India has continued to support Sri Lanka in times of critical requirement as part of its ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy and has repeatedly demonstrated its capacity and role as the ‘First Responder’ in the region.