Romania has paid on 13 March 85 million US dollars to purchase a third set of missiles for the Patriot air defence system, National Defence Minister Gabriel Les told a news conference on Friday.
The minister reminded that this essential army endowment programme was inked in December 2017 through a “government to government” agreement for the first Patriot system and the staff’s training service, while in October 2018, major equipment dedicated to the systems 2, 3 and 4 were contracted through the 2nd amendment.
“The acquisition of these missile systems will allow for the accomplishment of a ground-based air defence capability that will ensure the strengthening of national and allied security, this approach significantly contributing to the enhancement of the Strategic Partnership with the United States of America. It is the most recent Patriot system in operation, tested in combat and used by the US Army,” Gabriel Les added.
The Defence minister talked about another rocket endowment programme, the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMASRS), a light multiple rocket launcher, of which the second system will be purchased by the end of this month.
“The programme aims to acquire three battalion-level long range multiple rocket launchers of rd 18 launching stations each, also in the ‘Gov’t to Gov’t’ system with the United States. The first such system was purchased in February,” Les added.