|Surface-to-air missiles for
Sri Lanka Air Force has decided to acquire surface-to-air
missiles to meet the new threats posed by the LTTE air wing, The
The SLAF has already made inquiries from friendly countries and
the President is likely to take the matter up with the Indian
government during his visit to New Delhi to attend the SAARC
Meanwhile, a five member court of inquiry has been appointed by
Air Marshall Roshan Gunethilake to probe Monday’s attack on the
Katunayake Air Base.
The committee will be headed by Air Force Chief of Staff and
will comprise five senior officers representing the engineering,
medical, air defence systems and security.
The Court was likely to inquire into the quality of the air
defence system, the timing of the attack vis-a-vis the
operational times of the radar and its response.
Whether the air defence system needs upgrading and improvement
was also likely to be inquired into.
The information flow will also be scrutinised and so would the
action taken by the Director Operations of the base. Several
witnesses including the Base Commander Group Captain Kolitha
Gunetilleke, the security officials, the officers on duty at the
operations room, Katunayake are likely to be summoned to give
evidence. The court will inquire into whether information was
leaked out to the enemy and any other security lapses that may
have taken place.
While the causes and the antecedents will be inquired into, the
steps to prevent a recurrence and any other preventive action
necessary will be recommended.
The proceedings will be held in camera while experts may be
summoned to see what steps could be taken to prevent any other
Like in the case of the 2001 attack on the air base, it is
likely that a few heads may roll, if the court recommends it.