A four member delegation from India comprising of Armed Forces instructors from Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Military Institute of Technology, Pune visited Sri Lanka from 07- 12 November 2022. The delegation conducted a training capsule for Sri Lanka Armed Forces’ officers undergoing course at Defence Services Command and Staff College, Batalanda on the latest military technology and its utility in present and future warfare. The course covered the latest technological trends in modern day war fighting, which include precision munitions, cyberspace, space, information technology, artificial intelligence, and robotics. During the visit, the delegation made courtesy calls on the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Staff (SL Air Force), Deputy Chief of Staff (SL Army) and Commandant National Defence College.
2. Experience sharing and training have been key pillars of India-Sri Lanka defence cooperation, which is marked by great camaraderie and interoperability to enhance security preparedness. Indian and Sri Lankan Armed Forces share critical bilateral training linkages, with Indian Defence Forces’ training institutes offering approximately 1500 training vacancies (Army-900, Navy-350, AirForce-250) annually to Sri Lanka. India’s unwavering commitment to capacity building of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces and engagements of this nature underscore India’s “Neighborhood First” policy and the importance of nurturing the existing cordial relations between Indian and Sri Lankan Armed Forces, thereby, contributing towards enhancing regional peace, security, and stability.