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December 1, 2021

Gov’t passes defence acquisition legislation regarding multifunctional corvettes, HIMAR systems

The Government approved on Thursday a decision regarding multifunctional corvettes and a bill on the purchase of high-mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS).

“The Government has approved two important pieces of legislation regarding the defence acquisition of the Romanian Armed Forces. Firstly, a government decision on multifunctional corvettes was approved today in the Government, namely the approval of the specific circumstances and procedures for the essential multifunctional corvette acquisition programme for the Romanian Armed Forces. This piece of legislation basically establishes the conditions and procedures for the assignment of a framework agreement and subsequent related contracts or a multiannual contract for the supply of four corvettes built and equipped at a Romanian shipyard, as well as initial logistical support,” said governmental spokesman Nelu Barbu.

He added that the first corvette is due to be built and equipped in maximum three years of the signing of the first subsequent contract, so that the programme may be completed in seven years at the latest, budget permitting.

According to Barbu, this decision also introduces the obligation to upgrade the T22R type frigates of the Romanian Navy.

A bill on the purchase of HIMAR systems was also adopted at the Government meeting.

“Specifically, this document provides for the Government of Romania to award the United States Administration contracts of a letter of offering and acceptance type. The document mentions acquiring three systems of 18 launching installations each, including but not limited to ammunition, command, control, sensors, logistic support, maintenance, cryptographic and special equipment, and the training of personnel at all levels,” Barbu explained.

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