Sri Lanka Air Force to Use LTTE Airstrips
Sri Lanka Army news | May 24, 2009 at 10:09 pmby
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After liberated all LTTE controlled areas,Sri Lankan Air Force is going to establish Air Bases on LTTE airstrips.
The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) will convert the Iranamadu runway east of the A9 road to a small air base, says SLAF spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara. He added that the larger airstrip retaken from the LTTE close to Mullaitivu would be be developed for use by the Sri Lanka Air Force in the near future.
Sri Lankan Army captured 7 LTTE Airstrips during the Wanni Operation.
Sri Lankan Army 57 Division at the moment operating East of Iranamadu Tank bund and close to LTTE's 6th air strip today January 16th 2009. The air strip is 300m long and 20m wide is located Southeast of the Iranamadu tank bund.It is Believed This airstrip is used for LTTE's trainings and Emergencey Landings.Two days ago troops found another Air Strip close to this one.
Sri Lankan Army troops found the 5th runway east of Iranamadu tank yesterday evening, 14 January 2008. The runway is 50m wide and over 1000m long.
The runway is situated in the thick jungle with a massive bunker line and a trench line around the runway complex with mine fields and booby traps. Also a hanger has been found..
[q url=""]Last & the 7th LTTE's Air Strip Captured by Sri Lankan Army.Hence now LTTE havent any Runway for take off Light Air Crafts.But they will use roads for take off and landings.Meanwhile at the moment LTTE has left only 210 Sq Km.
For Phots of Earlier Tracks
2 km long LTTE runway in the west of SUNDARAPURAM, THIRIVILARU, northeast of PIRAMANTHARUKULAM, PUTHUKUDIRIPPU was captured and the area brought under the control of 58 Division troops commanded by Brigadier SHAVINDRA SILVA by Tuesday (3) morning, the Army Headquarters declared.
Though the entire strip is about 2 km, the tarmac was only 350 meter in length and 50 meters in width according to the ground troops who launched a lightning attack before troops moved in there. The tarmac had been partitioned into sixteen sections beginning from 1-16, most probably to use it as a hangar after return on completion of clandestine aerial terrorist bombing operations. The entire airstrip has been surrounded by earth bunds from the north and east of the area.
Ground troops before Tuesday’s (3) capture have earlier overrun six more terrorist runways and tarmacs in the KILINOCHCHI and MULLAITTIVU districts.[/q]