DEFENCE

U.S. Ambassador praises Romania’s decision to purchase F-16 jets

U.S. Ambassador to Romania Hans Klemm said at the 71st Air Base in Campia Turzii on Friday that Romania’s decision to purchase F-16 jet fighters is wise and the country will thus be able to have one of the best air forces in the area.

“Today’s event shows the impact of the state partnership with long-term effects on the future programme of Romania for purchasing F-16 jets and the national security priorities. Very soon we will have another place to call ‘home’, after Romania receives the first tranche of F-16 jets, in September 2016. I anticipate and I know that the leaders of Romania hope that, at a certain moment, Romania will have three or four different F-16 squadrons, so that it might be among the best air forces in the region. The decision to purchase F-16 jets was a wise one on behalf of Romania, for several reasons, the main one being that this multirole jet is the one the American military fly and know best”, Klemm declared.

The U.S. ambassador attended DACIAN VIPER 2015 exercise being conducted over Oct. 13-30, alongside Romanian National Defence Minister Mircea Dusa and NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow.

The Romanian Air Forces participate at Dacian Viper 2015 exercise with approximately 250 pilots and technical staff, six MiG-21 LanceR fighter jets and three IAR-330 helicopters (in SOCAT and MEDEVAC versions), while the National Air Guard of the State of Alabama is deploying almost 200 servicemen, eight F-16 fighter jets and the support crew and equipment.

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