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Romania to buy 3 more Patriot air, missile defense systems

Staff Writer | November 5, 2018
The Romanian government has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army and transferred funding to the U.S. government for the purchase of three additional Raytheon Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems from the U.S. Army.
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Europe   Patriot is a purely defensive system
As was the case with the first system, which came under contract in May, the additional units were procured via the U.S. Department of Defense's foreign military sales process.

Patriot is a purely defensive system that is the backbone of NATO's defense against lower tier ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, advanced aircraft and drones.

"Romania is purchasing the most advanced, capable, cutting edge tactical ballistic missile defense system in the world," said Mike Ellison, Raytheon's country manager for Romania. "Patriot has been tested thousands of times in peace, and repeatedly proven itself in combat. Simply put, Patriot saves lives."

Fifteen other nations depend on Patriot to protect their citizens and armed forces, including the U.S. and six other European nations: Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland and Sweden.

All of Romania's Patriot fire units will be newly built. And although it shares the same name and external appearance as the Patriot system that defended NATO during the Cold War, the system has been completely modernized.