Acting Defence Minister Premitha Bandara Tennakoon officially accepted a 6.2 million US dollar Emergency Command and Communication System Vehicle Fleet’ (11 automobiles) from the Chinese Ministry of National Defence during a ceremony organised at the Army Headquarters premises today.

These vehicles, embedded with ultra-modern communication devices, have been originally designed for military purposes.

Following the acceptance of a military-to-military donation from the Defence Attaché (DA) of the Embassy of China in Sri Lanka, Senior Colonel Zhou Bo, the Acting Defence Minister Tennakoon handed over the same to the Defence Secretary, General Kamal Gunaratne, and the Defence Secretary symbolically presented the keys to the Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Vikum Liyanage.

The Sri Lankan defence top brass, along with the Chinese Embassy officials inspected the vehicles at the venue, and Chief Signal Officer of the Sri Lanka Army Maj. Gen. Sugath Rathnayake and Chinese DA in Sri Lanka Senior Colonel Zhou Bo placed their signatures on an MOU between the two countries during the session.