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Defense Ministry signs contract for F-16 aircraft purchase

Defense minister Mircea Dusa announced on Thursday that he had signed a contract with the Portuguese for the purchase of F-16 airplanes and had paid the first installment of 100 million euro from the total amount of 600 million euro as stipulated by contract.

 

Minister Dusa said, early this month that the equipping program with multirole aircraft would begin this fall by modernizing the airplanes Romania purchased from Portugal. The first F-16 planes will reach Romania in 2015, according to the protocol.

 

“We have completed all forms to equip the Air Forces with fighter planes and the program will begin this fall by modernizing the planes purchased by us. 80 people – pilots, engineers, technical staff will leave for Portugal for training. The first airplanes will reach Romania in 2015, according to protocol and the full squadron by 2017 when the flight resource of MIG 21 Lancer planes expires,” Dusa said.

 

Romania will purchase a squadron of second hand F16 planes from Portugal. On June 19, the government approved the bill on the purchase of multirole planes, which was adopted by the Chamber of Deputies. President Traian Basescu promulgated the law on the purchase of multirole planes by mid July.

 

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