Romania intends to buy another squadron of F-16 fighter planes, Digi24 informs. A draft acquisition document is on the table of Defence Ministry specialists and is to be submitted to the government in the coming period. Meanwhile, six fighter planes from the already ordered squadron have been modernised and Romanian pilots have started practicing.
The new project aims at 12 fighter planes for the next years to come. ‘In order to meet the capacity negotiated in 2004 with NATO regarding the fighter planes, we need a multi-annual programme to set the condition for a second squadron,’ Minister of Defence Mircea Dusa said. Nothing has been agreed yet, in terms of the country to deliver the planes or the amount of money allotted for the acquisition, it all depends on the defence budget.
The current Romanian air fleet includes the first squadron of F-16 planed bought from Portugal and the Mig21 Lancer that can carry on missions until 2018. For the moment the Romanian Air Forces are supported by NATO allies to defend the air space.
New C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft joins Romanian Air Forces
The Romanian Army has taken over on Monday the seventh C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft, concluding the EUR 217 million contract with the Italian company Alenia Aeronautica. The contract was signed in 2006.
The ceremony took place on Otopeni Air Base 90 and was attended by PM Victor Ponta, Deputy PM Gabriel Oprea, defence Minister Mircea Dusa and the new chief of staff General Nicolae Ciuca.
The aircraft is used for transport, humanitarian and medical Army missions.
“I wish that during 2015 we start the modernisation process of the helicopter fleet. There are investments Romanian needs to carry on in the technical endowment and especially in pilots’ and personnel’s practice. No aircraft or helicopter has value if it is not flown by well trained pilots and professional staff,” PM Victor Ponta said on the occasion, Agerpres informs.