The Centre for Research and Development participated in the 71st Independence Day parade held on 04 February 2019. An entirely indigenous Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL), designed and developed by the CRD was unveiled to the public for the first time on the occasion.
This year’s celebrations were held under the theme of “Unity” in line with the concept of His Excellency President Maithripala Sirisena to create a country free of corruption, waste, cronyism and bribery. The parade comprised 162 Army Officers, 36 Navy Officers, 49 SLAF Officers and over 5500 other ranks personnel of the tri-forces. Personnel of the Sri Lanka Police, Civil Defence Department and the National Cadet Corps followed by the various cultural entities also participated in the parade.
The CRD was represented by Capt WRC Ariyarathne from Sri Lanka Army, and supported other rank personnel of the Sri Lanka Navy and Sri Lanka Air Force. This served to demonstrate the multifaceted nature of the CRD, which employs personnel from the tri-forces, police and academic institutions alike to conduct R&D projects ranging from those with military application (such as the MBRL) to those aimed at social enrichment. The latter encompasses projects for Sri Lanka Railways, Wildlife Conservation Department mitigating the Human-Elephant Conflict or even developing technological solutions in aid of disaster recovery operations.