United States approves sale of AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II missiles to Romania

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The United States has approved the sale of AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II missiles to Romania to provide advanced air-to-air capabilities for Romania’s F-16 aircraft.  The missiles are valued at approximately 70 million U.S. dollars.  This sale is one part of a larger and long-term modernization effort that the United States supports for the Romanian Air Force.

The Block II missile contains the most advanced technology of the AIM-9X Sidewinder to date and is currently in service with the U.S. military.

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Dickerson commended this acquisition as another excellent example of the strong security and defense ties between Romania and the United States, stating, “This procurement is not just a transaction; it’s a testament to our shared commitment to security and peace.  These advanced missiles will ensure the safety of Romanian skies,” according to a press release sent by the US Embassy in Bucharest.

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