The Ministry of National Defence on Monday received the last C-27J Spartan aircraft from the series of seven acquired based on a 200-million euros worth agreement signed with an Italian company in 2007, reports Agerpres.
PM Victor Ponta and Deputy PM Gabriel Oprea, Minister of Defence, Mircea Dusa, Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant-General Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca, alongside other guests, all participated in the welcome ceremony for the new aircraft.
The aircraft can serve for multiple purposes such as to transport freight or people, in medical evacuations and even to extinguish fire.
‘You know very well that the Spartan aircraft proved to be of a great use to us, for instance at the time of the incident in Montenegro and in other occasions too. I am very glad to be able to mark the end of an agreement that Romania started in 2007 under the Tariceanu Government […],’ said the Prime Minister at the 90th Airlift Base ceremony marking the arrival and handover to the Romanian Air Force of a C-27J Spartan plane.
Deputy Prime Minister Gabriel Oprea said he was glad to attend the ‘important ceremony’ for the Romanian Army and the Military Air Forces.
‘Today we receive the 7th Spartan aircraft, as part of a very important project for our equipping the Army. The Romanian Army is running several of such equipping programmes, of which I will only mention the multi-tasking aircraft and the Deveselu Military Base programmes […] Thanks to the Army, today Romania is a generator of stability and security in our region. The Romanian Army has always met its commitments made with our international partners,’ said Oprea.
On the same occasion, the Minister of National Defence, Mircea Dusa, said that he was ‘the happiest of the Defence ministers,’ since all the political parties have agreed to increase the defence budget by 2 per cent of the GDP in 2017, and also for being able to receive the last of the seven Spartan aircraft in the same day when he had a meeting with President Iohannis where they were discussing the budget of the Ministry.
We completed today one of the major programmes related to the equipping of the Army, namely the one having to do with the aircraft that we bought for transport purposes [..] This is a very special achievement for us, since these aircraft became one of the special capabilities of the Romanian Air Forces starting with 2007. Since we received all the financial support that we needed from the Government, we can now continue with a series of major programmes of equipping the Army. Right now we received the number seven plane, the last one of the Spartan series. This was a very ambitious programme,’ said Mircea Dusa.
PM Ponta: Romania to begin this year the project for upgrading its helicopter fleet
Premier Victor Ponta declared on Monday at the 90th Airlift Base – Bucharest that he hopes that Romania is able to begin this year the project for upgrading its helicopter fleet and continues investing in technique and military staff training.
“I want us to start in 2015 the project for upgrading our helicopter fleet. These are investments Romania would be well-advised to make in the technical area, but especially in the training of the pilots and personnel, because no helicopter is worth anything unless flown by well-trained pilots and professionally manned,” said Ponta.