President Mahinda Rajapaksa made a surprise visit to the Katunayake Air Base adjoining the Bandaranaike International Airport on Thursday night, to inspect the security situation and radar systems there, sources said.
`The President and senior defence officials visited the Air Force base and held talks with senior officers there about the current situation in the backdrop of the LTTE`s air attack a few weeks ago,` a senior defence ministry official said.
The President later inspected how the radar system of the air port was working and instructed the officials to maintain security at the highest level at the country`s only international airport.
Accompanied by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Air Force Commander Roshan Gunatilake and several top officials, the President spent nearly an hour at the air force base.
Discussions are underway with India and China to purchase high-powered radar systems for the airport. Last week, Defence Secretary Rajapaksa was in India to discuss the matter with the Indian officials.
It is learnt an Indian Air Force air craft landed at the BIA last week with military hardware related to airport security