Sri Lanka is negotiating the purchase of six Su-30K fighters from Baranovichi
According to Sri Lankan website "Sri Lanka Guardian" (opposition), the government of Sri Lanka is negotiating with Rosoboronexport JSC about the acquisition of the remaining six former Su-30K fighters in storage at OJSC "558th Aviation repair plant "in Baranovichi (Belarus), as well as a number of other Russian weapons in the account of Russian loans.
According to the resource, the Sri Lankan Air Force wants to acquire six former Su-30K Indian fighters remaining in the Belarusian 558th Arz in Baranovichi after the other 12 Su-30K fighters were contracted by Angola (the first two were recently delivered in Angola after repairs on the 558th ARZ).
Negotiations on the acquisition of the remaining six Su-30K fighters took place at the 558th Arz in Baranovichi from November 2 to 4, 2016, with the participation, on the one hand, of high-ranking Sri Lankan Air Force officers and companies Lanka Logistics and Technologies Limited and Czechoslovak Export Ltd., and representatives of Rosoboronexport, Irkut Corporation and 558th Aircraft Repair Plant on the other hand, and a joint protocol was signed on the results of the talks.
The purchase of these six Su-30K fighters is part of the proposed contract for Sri Lanka's purchase of arms from Rosoboronexport from two state-owned credit lines provided by Moscow to Sri Lanka.
Russia's first credit line worth about $ 300 million was offered by Russia to Sri Lanka in 2010 as a follow-up to the Russian-Sri Lankan intergovernmental agreement of February 8, 2010, but has not yet been used by the Sri Lankan side. The loan agreement expired in March 2015. However, the Ministry of Finance of Russia and the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC) of Russia, on an exceptional basis, decided to finance projects within the framework of the intergovernmental agreement of February 8, 2010 for this credit line. At the talks in Moscow on August 23, 2017, the secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Sri Lanka assured that the agreement on extending the term of the loan and the contract will be signed before the end of 2017.
In March 2017, during the state visit to Moscow of the President of Sri Lanka Maytripala Sirisena, the Russian side offered Sri Lanka another credit line worth about $ 400 million.
According to the resource, of the approximately $ 700 million of the total amount of loans allocated by the Russian side, $ 146 million should go to pay a contract signed in 2013 for the purchase of Sri Lanka by 14 Mi-171 helicopters (including two in the VVIP-bundle) . The remaining approximately $ 546 million, the Sri Lankan side plans to spend three more purchases from Rosoboronexport, the six Su-30K fighters, one Gepard 5.1 patrol ship, and 33 BTR-82A armored vehicles to equip the Sri Lankan battalion of the peacekeeping contingent UN in Mali.
About negotiations with Sri Lanka concerning the construction of its fleet for JSC "Zelenodolsky Plant named after A.M. Gorky "patrol ship project" Gepard 5.1 ", our blog has already reported. The Lanki Resource informs that negotiations on this issue are at the final stage, and that the signing of a firm contract by the parties is possible at the end of September.
Earlier, the website "Sri Lanka Guardian" in another material said that from Sri Lankan side the contractor for the purchase of the patrol ship of the "Gepard 5.1" project is to be made by the Lankian conglomerate Capital Maharaja Organization Limited, which is in fact the local partner of Rosoboronexport, and which, apparently , will provide financing. The resource quoted excerpts from the draft contract of Rosoboronexport with the Ministry of Defense of Sri Lanka, according to which the contract value will amount to 197.89887577 million dollars, of which $ 179.41 million is the cost of delivery of the patrol ship of the project "Gepard 5.1", 17.91 million dollars - the cost of training personnel, and 0.57887577 million dollars - the cost of ammunition for the armament of the ship.
It is reported that earlier the command of the Navy of Sri Lanka did not support this purchase, considering the cost of the ship too high, but then changed its mind - perhaps under pressure from government circles. According to the resource, the active supporters of the purchase of the patrol ship of the Gepard 5.1 project in Russia are the President of Sri Lanka, Maytripal Sirisen, and the ambassador of Sri Lanka in Russia, Viraasingh Saman Kumar Ranjit, who is highly influential in government circles.