More than two years after being brought home, the F-16s may enter the air police service under national command. The ceremony of their introduction to the Air Police Service was held Thursday at the 86th Air Base. The Romanian Air Force now has twelve F-16s, modernized in Portugal and another five will soon complete the squadron, the TVR 1 public television informs.
Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă said on Thursday that it is an important day for the Romanian Air Force, which can operate, as of today, for the defense of the national airspace, the best performing aircraft, but also for Romania, which managed to strengthen significantly its defence capabilities.
Viorica Dăncilă added that the Government will provide all the necessary support for the continuation of this modernization process, essential for strengthening the defence of our country and for increasing Romania’s profile as security provider.
The Prime Minister stressed that Romania allocates 2% of the GDP for defence, for the third year, and the allocations will increase from year to year for the endowment of the Army.
“Both in Brussels and here in front of you, I would like to point out that Romania will continue to remain a reliable partner, firmly committed to strengthening the transatlantic alliance. We have fulfilled and will continue to fulfill all our responsibilities as a NATO partner. We actively participate in joint missions in the theaters of operations. We are already in the third year of allocating two percent of GDP for defence, a level we will maintain. We will increase from year to year the allocations for national defence and at the heart of this commitment are the strategic endowment programs, as we have provided in the Governing Programme.
The Romanian Government’s vision in this area is that much of the investment in defence technology returns to the national economy. Romania has a major opportunity to play the role of regional hub in the European defence industry by investing in high technology. The Government supports through all legal levers the completing of these investments, which, besides the economic and security benefits, will highlight the expertise our country has in this field,” Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said on Thursday.