The Government is determined to revive the defence industry and secure orders from the Romanian Army for production capacity in the domestic industry, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Friday.
“We are here to give a very serious message that the time when the Ministry of Defence, the Romanian Army did not take into account the needs of the defence industry has passed, that there is a very strong link between the Ministry of Defence, the Romanian Army and the Ministry of Economy and the armaments industry, that the Romanian Army is determined to get involved in supporting the defence industry, both through acquisitions that are produced by Romanian factories, through involvement, including in the area of research and retooling. The presence here of the defence and economy ministers it is the clearest proof that we are determined to revive the defence industry and to secure orders from the Romanian Army for the production capacities in the Romanian defence industry,” said Orban, who paid a visit to the Cugir Mechanical Plant.
The prime minister added that, along with him in Cugir, are Vice Prime Minister Raluca Turcan and Minister of Defence Nicolae Ciuca, Transport Minister Lucian Bode and Economy Minister Virgil Popescu.
DefMin Ciuca: Romania should invest more of the defence budget in the local industry
National Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca said on Friday that a large percentage of Romania’s defence budget should be invested in the local industry, mentioning that there is a 10-year plan to equip the armed forces.
“It is a commitment to us that the budget of the Ministry of National Defence be committed in such a way that together with the Ministry of Economy, more precisely with the defence industry, we can use this money for the highest efficiency. It is also an opportunity at the level of the Ministry of Defence to identify those aggregation lines in such a way that the research and development of the relevant military institutions can be transposed as concretely as possible in a collaboration and development with the relevant industry,” said Ciuca, who together with Prime Minister Ludovic Orban and several ministers visited the Cugir Mechanical Plant today.
Ciuca said that there is a 10-year plan for equipping the armed forces.
“We have a plan for the next 10 years, so there is forecast and planning for both time and funds, so that the local defence industry can provide what the army needs, and we are also in talks with the Ministry of Economy, with ROMARM, in order to identify all the other lines of collaboration, so that once again the 2 percent defence spending may get real, as we have committed ourselves under the governing programme and also as undertaken at the level of the Ministry of National Defence, as much as possible. That will be true, but not to say starting tomorrow, but little by little, step by step, until the completion of this 10-year plan; we should have a higher percentage invested in the Romanian industry,” added Ciuca.
EcoMin Popescu: We truly want that Romanian defence industry be more involved in endowing the Army
The Government wants for the Romanian defence industry to be involved as much as possible in endowing the Army, so that a higher percentage of the funds earmarked to Defence can go to the relevant domestic industry, Economy Minister Virgil Popescu has stated on Friday.
“Ever since November, since we took power, we have decided, together with Prime Minister and the Defence Minister, that the Romanian defence industry, whether it is state-owned or private, should be involved in the endowment process of the Army and as much of that 2 percent of the GDP should go to Romanian defence industry,” Popescu argued, at the end of a visit paid at the Weapons Factory and the Mechanical Plant in Cugir alongside PM Ludovic Orban and several ministers.
He mentioned that, together with National Defence Minister Nicolae Ciuca, he will continue to carry out “more applied” discussions with the management of the two plants.
“I was at the Craiova Airplane Plant, we will go to other plants. (…) We truly want that the Romanian defence industry be involved as much as possible in endowing the Army. You will see that the defence industry will get moving, that the Romanian defence industry will change its face and start producing at the technological level which the Romanian Army needs,” the Economy Minister said.