MMBL-Pathfinder launches ‘Pathfinder Vimana’ drone technology initiative

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As part of its post-COVID investment strategy, Pathfinder Capital of MMBL-Pathfinder Group has launched the ‘Pathfinder Vimana’ initiative aimed at developing advanced civilian drone technology solutions for Sri Lanka.

The project will entail Pathfinder Capital creating a network of alliances and partnerships, with advanced drone technology providers across the globe. In the first phase, Pathfinder Capital will be establishing a series of relationships with leading drone technology companies in the United States and Israel that specialise in sophisticated delivery, inspection/surveillance and agricultural solutions.

Once the first phase has been consolidated and the necessary regulatory and related clearances obtained, the Pathfinder Vimana initiative will further expand its international network with the objective of acting as a catalyst to create local capacity, competency and infrastructure in this crucial sector. 

Over the years the MMBL-Pathfinder Group has promoted several pioneering aviation-related ventures in Sri Lanka. These have included strategic alliances with leading global air transport companies. MMBL-Pathfinder is also a promoter and joint-venture partner in Cinnamon Air, the domestic airline that provides scheduled and charter flights across the island.

Ancient Sanskrit texts going back to several thousands of years provide vivid details of flying objects called Vimanas. It is believed that the ‘Pushpaka Vimana’ was one such aerial vehicle used by king Ravana of Lanka, referred to in the Indian epic ‘Ramayana’.