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October 28, 2020
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Romania buys 12 used F16 from Portugal

According to a memorandum discussed by the Government, the level of commitment and budget credit for the procurement of multirole aircraft was calculated at EUR 628 M in the 2013-2017 period.

The draft law on the acquisition of a total of 12 used F16 multirole jet fighter aircraft for EUR 628 M was adopted by the Government yesterday, Mediafax informs. The Cabinet adopted the bill for ‘achieving the air operating capability requires as part of phase one of the initial transition stage of the concept for gradual development of air defence capability within the <Air Force Multirole Aircraft> programme’.
Prior to the decision, Defence Minister Mircea Dusa had said talks with the Portuguese authorities for the procurement of F16 jet fighters had been concluded. The minister noted Romania would buy 12 old F16 aircraft that were going to be refurbished and that the first ones were expected in 2015.
At the beginning of the year, the minister of defence was mandated by the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) to close negotiations for the purchase of used multirole jet fighter aircraft in the following months. At the time, Minister Dusa said he wanted to have a clear objective regarding the procurement of the aircraft in the first part of the year, as the flying life span of Romania’s MIG planes was expiring in 2017.
In September 2012, CSAT approved an act for ‘a gradual achievement of air defence capability’ in the framework of the ‘Air Force Multirole Aircraft’ programme. Dobritoiu then said budget resources had been identified for buying 12 used F16 jets for which Romania would start paying in 2013 and which would be delivered starting with 2016.

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