The Romanian Army will buy the first Patriot system by the end of the year, as well as ten Piranha armoured vehicles, Defence Minister Mihai Fifor announced on Wednesday.
“The Romanian Army will buy the first Patriot system until the end of the year, we are waiting for the US acceptance letter to be able to purchase the first programme. During talks with the US Secretary of Defence, Mattis, we asked for the «dependable under taking» clause, meaning spacing out payments for the Patriot systems for, on one hand, it’s a proof of predictability, and on the other hand, it’s much more convenient to us to be able to provide these systems’ purchase in the upcoming years. We also hope to conclude the negotiation with the General Dynamics by the end of the year and to start collaboration between the Bucharest Mechanic Works and General Dynamics and to purchase the first ten Piranha armoured vehicles within this programme by the year-end,” said DefMin Fifor on Wednesday.
The information on the Patriot missiles purchase was revealed in April when the Romanian Ministry of Defence has sent a request to the US Government, expressing availability to purchase Patriot missiles, with acquisition procedures to start this year.
Three more F-16 Fighting Falcons on their way
On the other hand, the secretary of state for defence and planning policy Mircea Dusa and the head of the Air Force General Staff, Laurian Anastasof, are attending the handing-in ceremony for another three F-16 Fighting Falcon aircrafts in Monte Real air base from Portugal.
By purchasing the three aircrafts, the Romanian Air Forces is ending Phase one to put the F-15 Fighting Falcon multirole aircrafts in service.
The official acceptance ceremony of the three aircrafts will take place at the Air Base 86 in Fetesti, Romania next week.
The contract worth EUR 628 M has become effective as of September 30, 2013.
The first six aircrafts of those 12 multirole squadron in the Romanian-Portuguese agreement have joined the Romanian Air Forces on September 29, 2016 and the next three on December 16, 2016.
At the same time, Defence Minister Mihai Fifor announced on Wednesday that Romania is in advanced talks to purchase 36 more F16s, this time from the United States, and not from Portugal.
Defence Minister added that “he hasn’t gone shopping with the Romanian state’s money” and that he wants through these partnerships to upgrade the Romanian defence industry.