July 14, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Aviation Unit serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has carried out its first ever international underslung operation retrieving a French Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
Sri Lanka Aviation Unit recovered the emergency landed French UAV which was deployed in a MINUSCA operation on 07th July.
The operation was directed by MINUSCA Force Headquarters and Sri Lanka Aviation Unit utilized a MI 171Sh helicopter (SMH 4416) for the operation.
Before the recovery, Sri Lanka Aviation Pilots in order to plan the operation carried out an initial reconnaissance over the recovery site which was in a jungle area.
Initially the recovery team including one Sri Lankan Air Gunner and three members of French Special Forces were winched to the recovery site for the clearance. Upon the confirmation of the recovery team, the helicopter conducted the underslung operation and air lifted the UAV to the French Base. Thereafter, the helicopter winched up the team from the recovery site safely.
The professionalism and the competency of the Sri Lankan pilots, flight engineer, air gunners and technical crew were highlighted and appreciated by the MINUSCA Force Headquarters.
The operation was led by the Squadron Leader Kanchana Liyanaarachchi under the guidance of the Contingent Commander Wing commander Priyamal Fernando.