DEFENCE

Supreme Council for National Defence approves Army Endowment Plan

The Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) on Tuesday approved the Endowment Plan of Romania’s Armed Forces for the period 2017 – 2026, according to a statement released by the Presidential Administration.

The Presidential Administration mentions that the Endowment Plan of Romania’s Armed Forces for 2017 – 2026 was withdrawn from the agenda of a CSAT meeting of 4 July, as it hadn’t been adjusted for the provisions of the national political agreement to allot 2 percent of the GDP for defence spending, unanimously accepted in early 2015 by all political parties, at President Iohannis’s initiative.

The revised plan, observing the agreement implementation, had been unveiled to President Klaus Iohannis by National Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu on 26 July.

“The Endowment Plan of Romania’s Armed Forces for 2017 – 2026 is the document making a multiannual planning of the endowment programmes, in accordance with the provisions of the Strategy for the Endowment of Romania’s Armed Forces and the programme for the transformation, development and endowment of Romania’s Armed Forces by 2026 and afterwards. The endowment programmes represent the totality of activities conducted for the acquisition of ammunition, military hardware and military equipment for Romania’s Armed Forces, grounded in the approval of a Requirement Supervision Council and including the conduct of the procedure of acquisition, testing and commissioning of the planned products, in the necessary amounts and up to quality requirements,” the statement reads.

In May, Parliament approved the initiation of the procedures of granting the corresponding contracts to eight endowment programmes, in excess of 100 million euro each, and to complete these programmes, on planned multiannual funds worth 9.8 billion euro, taken into account will be the involvement of the national defence industry, which must modernise and develop proper military production capacities.

“Romania’s Armed Forces must benefit from coherent and sustained allotment of resources, as defence underfunding could seriously affect the accomplishment of the basic missions and the military’s operational capacity,” the Presidential Administration also points out.

 

DefMin discusses national industry’s participation in Army endowment with representatives of Economy and Research Ministries

 

Romanian Defence Minister Adrian Tutuianu on Tuesday held working meetings with the representatives of the ministries of Economy and Research and Innovation discussing the necessary measures to be taken in view of speeding up the contract signing to create and turn operational “the joint venture” with the national defence industry and also speed up a project for upgrading the IAR-99 SOIM [Hawk] aircraft, informs a release of the National Ministry of Defence (MApN) sent to AGERPRES.

According to the release, the working meetings between the Minister of Defence and the representatives of the Ministry of Economy were part of the regular discussions held ever since the former took over the Defence portfolio, aimed at identifying concrete options for the defence industry in implementing certain endowment programmes of the Romanian Army.

In this context, two ministry officials showed the Romanian Government’s support in redirecting part of the money to the local industry, in order to stimulate investments and development and they also analyzed the current status of implementation of the procedures for the priority programme concerning the armored transporter of troops 8×8.

The next meeting on the same topic with the representatives of the Ministry of Economy will take place on Friday.

“The Romanian Army needs new capabilities and the new leadership team shows that it has the determination to kick off the acquisition procedures as soon as possible, according to the legislation in force and the operational needs of the troops,” shows the release.

The discussions that took place at the Ministry of Research headquarters focused on the upgrading of the IAR-99 SOIM [Hawk] aircraft, via a MID Life Upgrade/Service Life Extension Program, which is a natural phase for all successful aviation programmes.

The MApN also showed that the main objectives of this project are: increasing performance of IAR-99 SOIM aircraft to reach the level of requirements imposed by the acquisition of the F-16 Multirole Fighter, ensuring a 15-year minimum competitiveness and life resource for aircraft subject to this programme and reducing operational and maintenance costs for the training aircraft.

 

CSAT approves appointment of Ionel-Sorinel Vasilca as STS manager

 

The Supreme Council for National Defence (CSAT) on Tuesday approved the appointment of Major general engineer Ionel-Sorinel Vasilca as head of the Special Telecommunication Services (STS), according to a release of the Presidential Administration.

“The President made the proposal to the Council which approved the discharge of Mr General Marcel Opris, the former head of the Service, and of Mr Major general Ioan Balure, the deputy head. Moreover, upon the proposal of President Klaus Iohannis, the CSAT also approved the appointment of Mr Major general engineer Ionel-Sorinel Vasilca as the new head,” said the release.

According to the abovementioned source, Major general engineer Vasilca graduated the military high-school and then the Military Technical Academy, with his entire career as engineer officer having been dedicated to the Special Telecommunications Service, while he went through all the stages of the professional and military evolution. Up to now, he held the office of technical deputy manager of the STS.

On July 26, President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree on discharging from the military General Marcel Opris, the head of the Special Telecommunications Service.

The discharge was made as the proposal of the head of the Special Telecommunications Service.

At the same time, the head of state signed the decree on discharging from the military two-star holder Major General Ioan Balure from the STS.

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