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Romania to refurbish 2 frigates for $208 million

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Staff writer ▼ | March 17, 2016
Romania will refurbish two frigates with state-of-the-art equipment, as the NATO member moves to modernize its naval fleet to counter Russia's presence in the Black Sea.
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Defense industry   The King Ferdinand and the Queen Maria
The defense ministry said the frigates, built in 1986, will be equipped with anti-aircraft and anti-naval missiles and special sensors, which will be integrated into a computerized system.

The upgrade will cost 839 million lei ($208 million) and it will be open to companies with at least five years' experience.

Romania bought the King Ferdinand and the Queen Maria, named after a Romanian royal couple, from Britain in 2003.

NATO leaders agreed at a 2014 summit in Wales that each member would spend 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense. Romania will implement the measure in 2017.

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