Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu said on Wednesday that the Romanian Government is considering acquiring modern Patriot missile batteries, adding that a payment toward the the acquisition could be made this November.
“These acquisitions are made in the interest of meeting Romania’s security needs, and also to meet governmental commitments to NATO. We are considering the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment that will fully satisfy the security needs. For the time being, the programme is still under consideration, and when we have all the details we will bring it to public knowledge. The Patriot programme has a component of communion of all the countries involved and we are interested in the development in Romania of facilities for the production of components of this system for our need and also for exportation, but this is too early for details,” Tutuianu told a news conference.
He pointed out that Romania is considering acquiring the most up-to-date configuration of the Patriot system, namely PAC 3 Plus that has an estimated useful life of 30 years. The minister also underlined the fact that the Romanian Government is considering acquiring this system in the context of the partnership with the USA and the risks and threats to Romania’s airspace.
“The small and medium-range surface to-air missile systems currently used by Romania are largely obsolete, as most of them were made in the USSR and technical operating resources are almost overused and their chances for upgrading are unsustainable,” added Tutuianu.
He mentioned that there would be an agreement between the Government of Romania and the United States and a special law in Parliament for the acquisition of Patriot systems.
“We have the concurrence of the US State Department. We are at an intermediate stage. We need the approval of the US Congress. It is necessary for the technical teams to detail exactly what they are buying. There will be an agreement between the Government of Romania and the US Government. We will promote a special law in Parliament to acquire this system, and if things go as planned, we expect that somewhere at the end of October, we can have a final result to communicate to the public. We are expecting to make a payment toward the acquisition this November (…) We say October because we have taken into account the deadlines stipulated by the US legislation and how much we need to prepare the bill. The text is ready – then the Chamber Deputies and the Senate consider it, promulgation is next, and we could sign an agreement and make a payment this year,” said Tutuianu.
He estimated that a first Patriot system could reach Romania in 2018, noting that the contract will be carried out in stages.
He pointed out that the Romanian Defence Ministry is channeling its energies into the acquisition of Patriot systems.
PM Tudose on Patriot missiles’ acquisition: Plan approval, next week; 2pct of GDP spending, firm commitment
Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on Wednesday said that next week, in a smaller format than that of a government meeting, there will be approved an acquisition plan of the National Defence Ministry (MApN) for the Army, in reply to a question on DefMin Adrian Tutuianu’s statement, according to which Romania is prepared to make the first payment for the Patriot missile system which it is going to buy from the US partners.
The Prime Minister underscored that the 2 percent allotment of the GDP to the Defence Ministry’s budget represents a firm commitment of Romania that the money will be spent to purchase military equipment and technique meant to strengthen Romania’s and NATO’s eastern flank’s defence capacity.
“Yes, we have discussed, he has a plan. Next week, we’ll approve it somehow in a more limited structure, and yes, it is a firm commitment, we earmarked 2 percent [of the GDP] to the Defence Ministry’s budget, but we didn’t allot 2 percent only to have the money there, but also to honour the commitments to the strategic partners, to NATO, of making acquisitions with that money to strengthen Romania’s defence capacity and, certainly, that of NATO’s eastern flank. Yes, the money will be spent on what the National Defence Ministry decides and requests,” Mihai Tudose said.
The Prime Minister pointed out that a press conference on this topic will take place “after we decide what we do.”