Lankan delegation attends world military forum in Russia


A Sri Lankan delegation, led by Defence Secretary, Gen. (Rtd.) Kamal Gunaratne, visited Moscow last week to attend the International military-technical Forum ‘Army-2021’ and International Army Games-2021. Three Sri Lankan teams took part in the event.

The Forum Army-2021 is a platform for displaying the state-of-the-art Russian weapons and technologies, and gathers all major designers and manufacturers of the Defence industry of Russia and other countries, including Belarus, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, and India, the Sri Lankan embassy in Moscow said in a press release.

The Forum and the Games were inaugurated by the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin on 23 August 2021.

Defence Secretary, Gunaratne and his team studied the Russian military equipment and armaments, attended several presentations and several meetings with representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defence, Russian manufacturers, including the world-famed Kalashnikov.

Defence Secretary also visited the House of Friendship, where Sri Lanka had organized its exhibition to promote Sri Lankan traditions and culture among the visitors of the Forum and the Games, and also met with members of the Sri Lankan cultural team, participating in the Creativity contest of the Army Games-2021.

The program of the Forum included witnessing the Tank biathlon competition.