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Romania to Produce 227 Piranha 5 8×8 APCs

January 12, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
General Dynamics European Land Systems signed a contract with the Romanian government today, to deliver up to 227 Piranha 5 wheeled armored vehicles in six different configurations to the Romanian Armed Forces. The contract value exceeds US$1 billion. The vehicles will be produced locally in Romania by the Romanian company Uzina Mecanică București (UMB) and original vehicle designer, Mowag.

$944 Million Contract for PAC-3 Missiles

December 22, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, Syndicated Industry News 
The United States and allied military forces will upgrade their missile defense capabilities under a new $944 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin, for production and delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors and launcher modification kits for the U.S. Army, Romania and other foreign customers.

Romania Orders 173 Iveco DV Military Trucks

December 21, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: logistics, Syndicated Industry News 
The Romanian Ministry of National Defence awarded Iveco Defence Vehicles (Iveco DV) a contract for the supply of 173 military trucks to be supplied within 2018. The trucks are equipped with a self-recovery winch, and Central Tyre Inflation System (CTIS) the vehicles offer exceptional mobility and fording capability.

Romania Evaluates Spike LR Missiles in Dismounted Configuration

December 18, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Syndicated Industry News 
The Romanian Army has completed testing of SPIKE LR (Long Range) missiles as part of the Romanian Army qualification of the man-portable Spike-LR for dismounted operations.

Alaska’s Ground Based Interceptors to Pivot US Defenses Against North Korea

gbi300Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced yesterday the increase in the number of Ground Based Interceptors to be positioned in Alaska, and the planned deployment of a second TPY-2 radar to Japan, two immediate steps to better protect the United States of America from potential missile attacks from North Korea and Iran. The US is also scaling down the European Missile Defense program, by limiting the system’s interceptors against intercontinental ballistic missiles, a step that could pave the way for further agreements between Washington and Moscow.

U.S. To Sell F-16 Fighters To Romania

The new NATO states of Eastern Europe have been working diligently to upgrade their forces to meet the standards of the western alliance. At the same time they have to be careful as to how much they spend. In this vein it was announced that the U.S. Government will sell twenty-four F-16 fighters to Romania. The aircraft will replace aging MiG-21 Fishbed Soviet made fighters.

Due to their lack of resource Romania will buy used aircraft through an intergovernmental contract. In fact the aircraft will be provided for free with Romania responsible for paying for upgrades, training and infrastructure. The country had looked at other available aircraft including more modern SAAB Gripen and Eurofighters but just could not afford them. This path gets better capability at a lower price.

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Romania to buy F-16’s

According to this article the US DoD has proposed selling 48 F-16 fighters to Romania. This would be one of the biggest FMS sales to a former Warsaw Pact nation. The addition of the F-16 would be a major upgrade to the capability of the country. The Czech Republic has looked at buying some Western equipment and there has been some purchases of companies like Poland’s PZL by Western countries. The movement into NATO of some of these countries will also accelerate these kind of purchases as there will need to be movement towards standardization.

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