The Romanian Army wants to buy a communications satellite, after the state has decided that it’s cheaper for the army to have its own communications system than renting one annually. The renting costs for the past ten years have mounted to EUR 7.5 million, Digi24 reports.
The lifespan of a secured communications satellite is 15 years and is expected to cover both the national territory and also the theatres of operations where Romania has military deployed. The satellite could be used also by other national security institutions.
The new Defence minister Gabriel Les has met the president of the Romanian Space Agency on Thursday to discuss the conditions of buying this equipment. There is a decision agreed in the CSAT for this investment, but the Parliament will have the final call.