LTTE X-Ray base location area, Google Earth image (updated)
Updated 24th Jan 2008
Google Earth images below show the general area of the LTTE’s “X-Ray” base which was attacked by the SLAF on 23rd January 2008.
Based on tinker’s comment, I cranked out an updated image of the general area below. Most of the area is featureless jungle so no doubt the “X-Ray” base is well hidden.
Images from original post with corrections/notes
The defence ministry web-site’s news release has a small map of the approximate location. The area shown in the above image is based on this map. The airforce may have “pin point” accuracy but the defence ministry web-site is clearly not that precise.
I chose the strange clearing in the image above to mark the site of possible base. Most likely the real thing must be heavily camouflaged. Since the area has thick jungle cover this clearing is the only major landmark.
This area is in the vicinity of the LTTE’s Iranamadu airstrip (visible on the lower right hand corner of the top most image). A Google Earth location marker for this airstrip is already online. I have book marked a more precise (thought not “pin point”) Wikimapia location.
Keep in mind that these Google Earth images date back to the 2003-2005 period.
Corrections, updates and more info is quite welcome