Romania will purchase 24 F-16 2 hand MiG-21 fighters to replace old
old Romanian air force MiG-21 Fishbed fighters
According to Defense News website March 23, 2010 reported that the Romanian Supreme Defence Council (CSAT) 3 月 23 announced that the country will buy 24 second-hand F-16 fighter jets to revamp its air force.
CSAT leadership of President Traian Basescu at the end of the meeting held after the press conference said, “Because Romania is not necessary resources to purchase a new multi-role combat aircraft, CSAT has approved the purchase of 24 Department of Defense second-hand F-16 fighter aircraft of the recommendations. “” This decision will be submitted to Parliament for approval. “
Lockheed Martin-built aircraft will replace aging, Soviet-made MiG -21 Lancer aircraft, Lancer Now by the Romanian Air Force.
learned that the statement did not provide details on procurement costs. Romania to buy fighter has long been pondering this decision, but because of lack of funding has repeatedly delayed.
2008, the Defense Department argued that buying second-hand F-16 fighter jets will make the Romanian armed forces and other NATO countries enjoy greater operational rights.
At that time, military sources said, second-hand aircraft will cost $ 800 million to buy 24 new aircraft will likely cost $ 3.5 billion.
addition to the F-16, Romania is also considering buying the Swedish-made “Gripen” fighter (Saab), Eurofighter (EADS, BAE Systems Inc. and Alenia/Finmeccanica company) and France create a “gust” (Dassault). (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Electronic Science and Technology Information Institute Liu Na)