Romania has tested thermobaric piercing ammunition, a product it is ready to manufacture for the Ministry of National Defense at the Plopeni Mechanical Plant, informs the Ministry of Economy, on its Facebook page.
“Today, at the Plopeni Mechanical Plant, we participated in the testing of the thermobaric piercing blast for AG-9 grenade launcher, for the homologation of the industrial prototype. This stage is part of the implementation of the manufacturing project, at industrial level, of thermobaric piercing ammunition for AG-9 grenade launcher, through the technological transfer from the Scientific Research Center for CBRN Defense and Ecology, at CN ROMARM SA,” said Minister Florin Spataru.
“A product of strategic importance and with a high market potential was tested at Plopeni, southern Prahova County. At present, thermobaric munitions are made by a small number of world producers, and those from the proposed configuration will be developed within the “thermobaric piercing ” project is not currently in mass production or on the export list of the largest arms manufacturers in the world,” Spataru added.
The thermobaric piercing blast for AG-9 grenade launcher is an ammunition with combined shrapnel and blast effect, with the ability to pierce concrete, brick, earth waves and armored targets.
The ammunition was developed in 2019, at the experimental model level, within the Military Equipment and Technologies Research Agency within the Ministry of National Defense, as was later on taken over for manufacturing in the defense industry, based on a technology transfer project funded by Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) and Romarm SA.
Almost 100 million dollars invested in 2022 in capabilities for companies in defence industry
The Minister of Economy, Florin Spataru, declared on Friday, at Plopeni Mechanical Plant, that almost 100 million dollars will be invested this year in capabilities for companies in the defence industry of Romania.
“Romania’s defence industry has a strategic importance for this country. Which is why, in order to keep up with the new technological innovations, in order to implement new projects, you need investments, but also the research&development component which will bring improvements or create new products. (…) We will continue to invest, making sure that the available money we have at this moment, almost 100 million dollars, will be invested this year in capabilities for companies in the defence industry and we will continue on this road for the following years so that we will reach the necessary retrofit and recover from the lost time and this chronic loss of investments that we had in the last years,” Minister Spataru said, according to Agerpres.
He said that there will be a plan to reorganize the defence industry so that companies can go back to being viable, from an economic standpoint.
“Electromecanica (company in Ploiesti, ed. n.) is making profit. There are other companies in the defence industry that are making profit. (…) We are looking at the profitability of these companies, but we must also look at the turnover. There is a major potential, a large potential on this segment, but that emergency ordinance through which we erased a part of the debt, because not all debts were erased, only those related to military protection, we believe that it is a normal action, an important step in turning these companies efficient and functioning. We will evaluate the assets they have and we will come with a plan of reorganizing the defence industry, so that these companies will go back to being viable, from an economic standpoint”, minister Spataru concluded.