Romania seeks Patriot air defence system
Romania is seeking to buy the Patriot air defence system from the US government under the foreign military sale programme, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 11 July.
Under a package worth an estimated $3.9 billion, Romania has requested seven Patriot Configuration-3+Modernised Fire Units consisting of: seven AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, seven AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations, 13 antenna mast groups, 28 M903 launching stations, 56 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM missiles, 168 Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles and seven Electrical Power Plants III.
Supporting communications, toolling, test, training and spare and repair parts equipment is also included in the request.
Romania will use the Patriot system to strengthen its homeland defence and deter regional threats, while also increasing the defensive capabilities of the Romanian military to guard against aggression and shield NATO allies who often train and operate within Romania’s borders.
If the deal goes ahead, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin will be prime contractors for the programme.
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