Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

ARMY IN­NO­VA­TIONS & NEW PRO­DUC­TIONS GO OVERSEAS

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To keep abreast with fast chang­ing mod­ern needs for mil­i­tary hard­ware, Sri Lanka Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neers (SLEME) of the Army re­cently suc­ceeded in in­vent­ing nine mod­ern­ized ver­sions of air-con­di­tioned Unibuf­fels that could re­sist any blast with the de­ter­mined ob­jec­tive of sav­ing a large chunk of for­eign ex­change to the coun­try and strength­en­ing the Army fleet of heavy ve­hi­cles.

Dur­ing dis­cus­sions, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Shaven­dra Silva, Chief of De­fence Staff and Com­man­der of the Army en­cour­aged the elec­tri­cal, me­chan­i­cal and tech­ni­cal ex­perts in the Army to in­no­vate and mod­ify avail­able old ve­hi­cles that could be used for good pur­poses with fo­cus on UN peace­keep­ing oper­a­tions in Mali or else­where to match with UN stan­dards Sim­i­larly, a lo­cally-pro­duced blast re­sis­tant am­bu­lance with es­sen­tial med­i­cal equip­ment, such as a re­frig­er­a­tor, non-blast glass­ware pro­tec­tion, oxy­gen masks, de­fib­ril­la­tors, pres­sure me­ters and a por­ta­ble bed which could eas­ily be fixed in any place in­side the ve­hi­cle for com­bat re­quire­ments. The man­u­fac­tur­ing cost of a sin­gle ve­hi­cle is about Rs 10.8 m. Sim­i­larly, on the in­struc­tions of the

Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Shaven­dra Silva, Chief of De­fence Staff and Com­man­der of the Army en­cour­aged the elec­tri­cal, me­chan­i­cal and tech­ni­cal ex­perts in the Army to in­no­vate and mod­ify old ve­hi­cles to suit UN peace­keep­ing oper­a­tions in Mali or else­where to match with UN stan­dards Sim­i­larly, a lo­cally-pro­duced blast re­sis­tant am­bu­lance with es­sen­tial med­i­cal equip­ment, such as a re­frig­er­a­tor, non-blast glass­ware pro­tec­tion, oxy­gen masks, de­fib­ril­la­tors, pres­sure me­ters and a por­ta­ble bed which could eas­ily be fixed in any place in­side the ve­hi­cle for com­bat re­quire­ments.

Com­man­der, all SFHQS and other for­ma­tions in or­der to tap in­born in­no­va­tive, tech­ni­cal and cre­ative tal­ents of the troops in close co­op­er­a­tion with state au­thor­i­ties are hold­ing ex­hi­bi­tions, ti­tled ‘In­no­va­tions’ where the troops are ca­pa­ble of show­cas­ing their cre­ative prod­ucts.

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