Written by Zulfick Farzan
12 Nov, 2020 | 5:21 pm
Colombo (News 1st); Being geared to preparing the Army for the fast-changing technological advancements and new challenges, the Sri Lanka Army in another milestone turning point formally raised its newest wing, 15th Drone Regiment of the Sri Lanka Artillery (SLA) this morning (12) during a brief ceremony at the Army HQ, headed by none other than its brainchild, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence and Commander of the Army.
The Army Chief symbolizing the formal raising of the 15th Drone Regiment handed over a new Drone to the Colonel Commandant of the Sri Lanka Artillery.
The keynote address of the day’s Chief Guest, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva to the gathering afterwards highlighted the value and technical importance of a regiment of this nature in the Army, considering emerging soft operation trends in war scenario, natural and man-made disasters, floods, and other catastrophes, special emergency circumstances, chemical warfare, an outbreak of community-infected epidemics, like COVID-19 etc, for example. He also thanked all involved in this effort as the Army’s ‘Way Forward Strategy’ should go hand in hand with those technical innovations which are in vogue throughout the world.
The new 15th Drone Regiment in the Sri Lanka Artillery is well-equipped with high-tech cameras that enable operations within short & medium distances and quadcopters with observation cameras for surveillance purposes in military or non-military applications.
The incumbent Commander of the Army, to be consistent with the Army’s ‘Way Forward Strategy 2020-2025’ and preparing the Army for any technical challenges or threats wanted this exclusive wing to be raised in order for it to engage in reconnaissance duties, gathering of sensitive information, etc with a view to further strengthening national security needs and its concerns.
The birth of the new 15th Drone Regiment considering changing patterns in threat scenarios would provide a tactical platform for operational level surveillance, precision target acquisition, engagement, post-battle damage assessment capabilities and also to assist disaster mitigation and nation-building efforts.”
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