OUR generally dependable defencewire website quotes government sources to have confirmed that the Mig-29 deal is off. Obviously someone in the government apparatus can still think straight and that has obviously resulted in the Mig 29 madness from continuing.
Sri Lanka already has all the gizmos it needs to deal with the warts and stinks it needs to get rid of soon. The F7s in the SLAF inventory are formidable assets and have proven themselves in action. Upgrading the existing fleet of Kfir precision attack craft and the work horse Mig27s makes a whole lot of sense at this time as well.
The Mig29 deal was known to have been a pet project of the present Commander of the SLAF, who obviously has thought it through into the next decade. Nevertheless, it will have to wait, given ground and economic realities.
Sorry Roshan, no more hotrod toys, go play with what you have..
Related article; http://defencewire.blogspot.com/2008/10/q-with-defencewire.html