In a press statement from Lockheed Martin, dated August 30, Jonathan Hoyle, Vice President Europe has said that “Lockheed Martin has been a key partner for Europe and NATO’s defence needs for decades and has a proud track record of delivering innovative and affordable solutions including the F-16 fighter, C-130 airlifter, Black Hawk utility helicopter, air surveillance, artillery and missile defense systems, including Aegis Ashore.
Our approach is to work in true partnership with our customers in ways that are mutually beneficial.
Today’s meeting (on Wednesday – our note) with the Romanian government discussed how, as a strategic partner for Romania’s national and NATO defence modernisation programme, Lockheed Martin will actively seek to advance Romanian industry and academia through involvement in joint activities, which could include the localisation and sustainment of defence equipment, university research partnerships and community projects. It was not the intent for any agreement to be signed at today’s early discussion meeting,” the press statement concludes.
On Wednesday, sources from the executive said PM Mihai Tudose and Jonathan Hoyle, Vice President Europe & Americas at Lockheed Martin, signed an agreement on Wednesday for the transfer of ‘highest standard’ technology for F16 aircraft.
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose welcomed Jonathan Hoyle at Victoria Palace on Wednesday.
According to the government sources, the maintenance and repair of F-16s reportedly will be done in Bacau.
“There are also very advanced talks with Lockheed Martin for manufacturing trucks and for upgrading Romaero,” the quoted sources said.
The Lockheed Martin Delegation also met on Tuesday Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu.