Gov’t : First Patriot system to be contracted by the end of 2017

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The first of the seven Patriot long-range surface-to-air missiles systems that Romania will purchase from the US will be contracted until 31 December 2017, according to a bill regarding the “Ground based air defense capability” corresponding to the essential endowment programme called “Long-range surface-to-air missile system” that was discussed on Wednesday at a government sitting.

The purchase costs of the first Patriot system amounts to 910.10 million US dollars, with the total estimated worth of the contract of approximately 4.64 billion US dollars, including the Value-Added Tax (VAT).

The bill  debated by the members of the Executive approved Romania’s Gov’t to “assign Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) state contracts to the US Gov’t, specific to the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme for purchasing, as of 2017, seven Patriot surface-to-air missiles, 3+ configuration, out of which four systems destined to the endowment of the General Staff of the Air Forces and three systems destined to equip the General Staff of the Land Forces, major equipment, major equipment, means of transport, materials, parts, maintenance equipment, necessary ammunition, initial logistical support package and training service, cryptographic and special equipment, respectively.”

At the same time, the law stipulates that the funds needed to carry out the acquisition of military equipment, as well as their implementation be ensured through the National Defence Ministry (MApN) budget.

“The ground based air defense capability represents an essential security interest for Romania, because it ensures the strengthening of the national and regional security, and significantly contributes to the consolidation of the strategic partnership with the US,” according to the article 2 of the draft law.

Furthermore, through this draft law, measures were  adopted through which the military personnel who will ensure the development and maintenance of the air defense capability will participate in training missions abroad.