For the first time in history, Sri Lanka Navy has exported nine homemade patrol craft worth approximately 4.2 million dollars to Nigeria.
Winning one of the biggest defense contracts in Sri Lanka’s naval history, the Navy sold six Arrow Boats and three Inshore Patrol Craft, built by the Inshore Patrol Craft Project of the Navy established at Welisara, to the Nigerian Government yesterday.
The Navy said the deal is a milestone in the annals of the force as this is the very first transaction, where the Navy was involved internationally to earn foreign exchange to the country.
Sri Lanka Navy is the pioneer in the sphere of Arrow-class patrol boats and Wave Rider Craft which were developed through SLN’s Asymmetric Naval Warfare experience.
Moreover foreign navies avidly seek the assistance of the Sri Lanka Navy in asymmetric warfare exercises and training due to its world-wide fame achieved through the victories in sea battles through these Arrow-class patrol boats and Wave Riders.