6th Spartan aircraft joins Romania's Air Force's fleet
Defence Minister Mircea Dusa on Thursday introduced the 6th C-27 J Spartan aircraft to join the fleet of Romania's Air Forces.
A contract for the purchase of seven cargo aircraft was signed in 2007 and it is worth in excess of 216 million euros. So far, the Romanian Government has paid 119 million euros. The Defence Ministry will have until the end of 2015 to service the contract in full.
'The programme for the endowment of the Air Forces with cargo and medium-courier aircraft started some years ago. Last year there was a risk of the programme not continuing, of the sixth aircraft, equipped with medical equipment, and the seventh one, which is expected to arrive late this year or early next year ready to extinguish fires, not being purchased. I want to thank the prime minister for having understood, last year when I insisted on the Spartan programme, and said yes he agrees with the Armed Forces getting upgraded with capabilities that serve both military and civilian purposes. The prime minister made some efforts so that in the 2013 national budget and the national budget for 2014 money will be allocated for the Defence Ministry's capital spending so that the ministry may carry through this programme that is highly important,' said Dusa at the start of the event where also attending where Interior Minister Radu Stroe, State Secretary with the Health Ministry Raed Araft and Chief of Staff Stefan Danila.
Dusa also said the Romanian Air Forces have a complex fleet that allows for the conduct of many missions.
'The Romanian Armed Forces are getting enriched today with a Spartan aircraft, complete with medical equipment allowing medical evacuation operations. Thus, the air fleet becomes more complex, with aircraft that can conduct any kind of missions, both military and civilian. The fleet is made up of Hercules aircraft that can fly high distances, up to 10,000 km; Spartan aircraft that can act up to 5,000 km; IAR 330 Pumas, and IAR 330 Puma Socats that can fly distances of up to 800 km, plus other logistics supporting the military and civilian missions of the air fleet of the Romanian Air Forces,' added Dusa.
Spartan aircraft have been operated in various missions since 2010, having flown over 2,000 hours.