65th anniversary of Russia-Sri Lanka ties, US gives surveillance aircraft

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said on Friday (18) February 19 will mark the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Sri Lanka-the two nations are bound by a long-standing friendship.

She said, “The Russian-Sri Lankan political dialogue invariably rests on equality, goodwill and respect for each other’s interests. We cooperate productively in the international arena, in the UN and other multilateral agencies and forums.

Meanwhile, US Company Textron Aviation has been awarded an $11 million contract for its new Beechcraft King Air 360ER aircraft to Sri Lankan military.

The aircraft will be handed over to the US Army, which will install sensors before delivering it to the Sri Lankan Air Force, the Defence Post reported.

The Beechcraft King Air 360ER has been designed to reduce pilot workload with features such as “Thrust Sense Auto throttle,” which provides precision control for optimized power output and efficient take off.

Introduced in 2020, the jet has a maximum range of 3,345 kilometers (2078.4 miles) and can carry 11 people. It has a top speed of 560 kilometers (348 miles) per hour and a maximum altitude of 35,000 feet (10,668 meters).

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