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Old 08-04-2009, 09:07 PM
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The Forums or the regular Site?
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:13 PM
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The forums and the regular site are one and the same. The regular site is just a front page showing what topics have been updated in the forum.
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Here's a good one to start with:

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...d.php?t=146160
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:56 PM
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Hey thanks. Unfortunately, most of those pictures are of Special Forces. Most
of them are also from this decade.

Some questions.

1. I first though that the SLA standard Issue Helmet today was a PASGT helmet with or without helmet nets, but alot of those pictures have Soldiers with some weird Soviet Helmet. What helmet do the SLA wear today?

2. Does the SLA ever use Shotguns? If so, when?

3. When did the SLA get their hands on all those RPDs, PKMs and CAR-15s?

I'm really sorry to bug you so much. I'm really sorry. Is just that i find The Sri Lankan civil War really intersting.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:24 AM
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Hey thanks. Unfortunately, most of those pictures are of Special Forces. Most
of them are also from this decade.

Some questions.

1. I first though that the SLA standard Issue Helmet today was a PASGT helmet with or without helmet nets, but alot of those pictures have Soldiers with some weird Soviet Helmet. What helmet do the SLA wear today?

2. Does the SLA ever use Shotguns? If so, when?

3. When did the SLA get their hands on all those RPDs, PKMs and CAR-15s?

I'm really sorry to bug you so much. I'm really sorry. Is just that i find The Sri Lankan civil War really intersting.
You're not bugging me; this is just a discussion. This is what a message board is for.

The topic I gave you was just one; I would recommend trying the search feature for the Military Pictures forum and see what else you come up with. I know I've seen pics dating back to the earlier days of the conflict (including the brief period of India's involvement). But to be fair, you will have a lot of difficulty finding good pictures, which is mostly due to the Defence Ministry's near-blackout on media access to the war zone that has been in effect for decades (to cover up their involvement in activities which might or might not be reported as atrocities, undoubtedly).

As for the others:

(1.) Judging by the pictures, they use everything from U.S.-issue surplus PASGT helmets to surplus WWII-issue Russian helmets. Again, you have to remember that this is a Third World military that had a lot of personnel to field (due to the danger posed by the LTTE) and very little money to spend (due to a low GNP). In that kind of situation, the Defence Ministry buys mostly low-cost surplus wherever they can find/afford it, in everything from small arms to helmets to APCs. There is really not going to be very much - if any - level of standardization. This is as true for Sri Lanka as Equatorial Guinea or Lebanon or any other low-income country.

(2.) I don't know if they use any shotguns; I haven't seen any personally. The Wikipedia article on the SLA doesn't list any in their infantry weapons section. Personally, I can't see too much use for shotguns, given the sort of operations in which SLA units (even special forces) typically take part.

(3.) The SLA has purchased material from both Russia and the People's Republic of China, as well as some Eastern European countries, so the RPDs and PKMs could have come from any of those sources. As for the CAR-15s, the U.S. has sold small arms to the SLA on several occasions. They've also bought lots of stuff from the Israeli government (their AF flies the Kfir fighter-bomber), and it's possible that the Izzies also sold them some M16-type weapons.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:52 AM
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Kinda sucks that were are the only ones that are discussing it, though. Thanks for the help.

Also, how much did the regular SLA infantry use FN Minimis and FN MAGs during the 1980s? Were they common?
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Also, how much did the regular SLA infantry use FN Minimis and FN MAGs during the 1980s? Were they common?
I imagine the SLA received some surplus L7A2 GPMGs from the British government just as they received many surplus L1A1 SLRs, but I imagine that, as with other small arms, they've long since been usurped by the influx of Eastern Bloc/Chicom-made RPDs and PKMs. Most of the pictures I see show the SLA personnel carrying communist-made weapons.

As for the Minimis, I can't imagine those are used much outside of specialist units and commandos today, and I'd be surprised if the SLA had even one in the 1980s. In the '80s, you wouldn't have even found very many NATO armies using the Minimi just yet (because the 5.56x45mm SAW concept was just starting to catch on). And whatever NATO does, you generally shouldn't expect the Third World to follow suit for a long time (if ever...otherwise, there still wouldn't be so many Third World armies using .308 battle rifles as infantry weapons today).

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Old 08-05-2009, 02:47 PM
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So Minimis are out of the question then? I imagine the SLA would be using a weird mixture of FN MAGs and RPDs during the Vadamarachchi Operation. Probably some PKMs too.
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:37 AM
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So Minimis are out of the question then? I imagine the SLA would be using a weird mixture of FN MAGs and RPDs during the Vadamarachchi Operation. Probably some PKMs too.
I've seen some pics of them with MAGs (a picture was in the topic I posted), but the fact is, an RPD or PKM is much cheaper, so that's why they probably have more of those. The SLA almost surely doesn't have the budget to buy much NATO-spec equipment.
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Old 08-07-2009, 01:38 AM
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In other Sri Lanka/LTTE-related news:

http://www.reuters.com/article/world...Name=worldNews
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