Romania receives F-16 fighter jets from PortugalStaff Writer | October 6, 2017
NATO member Romania received the last three U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets from Portugal on Friday, the defence ministry said.
Defense Romania joined NATO in 2004
The delivery is part of Romania's programme to replace its ageing fleet of Soviet-era MiG fighter jets with aircraft that comply with NATO standards. Last year, the country received the first nine F-16 fighter jets from Portugal under the programme.
The total cost of the squadron of F-16 jets is 628 million euro ($740 million), according to the defence ministry.
At the end of September, Romanian media reported that the country is in advanced talks to purchase 36 more F-16s directly from the United States.
Also in September, the defence minister said that Romania will buy its first Patriot anti-aircraft missile system by the end of the year, as well as 10 Piranha armoured vehicles.
In May, US security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin signed a contract with Romanian Air Force (RoAF) to deliver a training system for F-16 Falcon Fighters in 2019.
Romania, which joined NATO in 2004, plans to spend a total of 9.8 billion euro ($11.5 billion) until 2026 to boost its defence capabilities, the National Defence Council (CSAT) said in August. ■