The Chinese research vessel Yuan Wang 5 will dock at the southern port of Hambantota in the island country from August 16 to 22. On Monday, India is scheduled to present a Dornier-228 maritime patrol aircraft to Sri Lanka.
Vice Admiral Satish N. Ghormade, vice head of the Indian Navy, is currently in Colombo for a two-day visit in order to attend the Dornier handing-over ceremony, which will be attended by senior Lankan officials, and to discuss ways to strengthen the bilateral defense ties between the two nations.
The Hindustan Aeronautics-built twin-engine Dornier-228 aircraft, which the Indian Navy and Coast Guard frequently utilize for maritime surveillance, will be flown by the Sri Lankan Air Force. According to sources on Sunday, Sri Lankan pilots and technicians have already received the necessary training to fly the aircraft in India.
In order to improve its maritime surveillance capabilities, Sri Lanka asked India for two Dornier-228 aircraft in 2018. The Dornier that will be given to the Indian Navy on Monday is part of their current fleet. The Chinese ballistic missile and satellite monitoring research ship had caused Sri Lanka to originally postpone its docking at Hambantota due to concerns from India, and now it has been addressed. It then made a U-turn, allowing the “spy” vessel to dock.