Romania to buy second-hand F-16s from Portugal

Romania will buy several second-hand F-16 fighters from Portugal. A team of experts from the Ministry of Defense has analyzed Portugal’s offer and a decision has been taken. Defence Minister Corneliu Dobritoiu announced on Saturday that the fighters will be bought as part of a governmental agreement, which means that organizing a tender will not be necessary.  According to Dobritoiu, quoted by Romania TV, the fighters passed all technical verifications and can be used for another 20 years. “This process of projecting a procurement in the air force domain is taking place for over five years. Comparative analyses of all products and procurement prices on the market have been made. The decision was taken in a happy context of organizing the transition from MiGs to fifth generation fighters in the most efficient way possible,” Minister Dobritoiu stated, pointing out that despite the fact that they are not new the fighters will prove their efficiency. “Second-hand fighters do not mean the same thing as a second-hand car. They are disassembled to the last pieces of wing. When they are reassembled they can be used in safe conditions. The fighters are very well maintained. We are living up to all EU directives and since the procurement was made within the EU it no longer calls for those grueling procedures.”

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