Anandians soar to the skies to defend Nation
During the nearly three decades old separatist conflict, the Sri
Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has played a pivotal role in combating LTTE
terrorists. Many past Anandian patriots have been part and parcel of the
nation's defenders in the air during this period. Several have made the
Specially during the latter stages, the SLAF has been instrumental in
bringing down the Tigers' will to fight, with precision targets on key
LTTE locations and providing close logistic and offensive support for
ground and naval operations.
Equipped with the latest technological innovations and coupled with a
dedicated & skilled staff, the SLAF has been able to effectively provide
the ground and naval operations that much needed support from above.
MiG 27 fighter jets zeroed in on strategic LTTE targets flying just
30 meters above ground and at a speed of 1000 kmph. Terrified LTTE air
gunners were heard saying(due to interception of Tiger radio
communications) "it is too fast for us".
As LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran ran from one hideout to another and
leaders such as Thamilselvan were eliminated with precision attacks, the
stakes of the SLAF which had a humble beginning, primarily engaging in
immigration patrol in 1971 shot to the skies as one of the topmost Air
combative and ground support outfits in the region. And Anandians have
soared to the sky to defend the nation.