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Sri Lanka drops plan to buy fighters from Pakistan after India objects - report

Sri Lanka drops plan to buy fighters from Pakistan after India objects - report Stiff opposition from India has forced Sri Lanka to drop plans, at least for now, to buy JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft from Pakistan, an Indian newspaper reports. The Sunday Express said it has learnt that New Delhi shot off a diplomatic missive a few weeks ago to Colombo on why Sri Lanka should not buy the Pakistan made JF-17 Thunder, including a negative technical assessment of the aircraft. It was also pointed out that Sri Lanka's defense requirements did not need fighters. While questions were raised in Sri Lanka too about the reported $400-million deal, India's forceful opposition, conveyed through a non-paper, was one of the likely reasons that made Sri Lanka drop the plan for now. The Pakistani med...
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