While Bulgaria discusses fighter jets, Romania purchases Patriot missiles

Written by on October 27, 2017 in Europe - Comments Off on While Bulgaria discusses fighter jets, Romania purchases Patriot missiles

In Bulgaria, a big drama is surrounding the need for new fighter jets. The latest twist in the never-ending story is that Bulgarian Air Force pilots at the Graf Ignatiev base did not want to fly their old and potentially dangerous MiG fighters for several days. After months of discussing a possible purchase of Swedish Gripen jets, Bulgaria seems to be back at square one.

Things look very different in Romania, Bulgaria’s northern neighbour. The Ministry of Defence in Bucharest is actually on a big shopping spree. Not only do the Romanians purchase weapons systems, just as if Christmas was around the corner, but they also make sure some of their purchases create jobs and generate taxes on their own turf.

First of all, Bucharest will pay $764.7 million, the equivalent of 657 million euro, for seven Patriot Missile systems. Four of those defensive systems will be given to the Romanian Air Force. The remaining three systems will be used by the Army.

Patriot Missiles are defensive systems, which have been successfully used in both Gulf Wars as well as by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), against missile attacks by the terror organisation Hamas. The systems are capable of destroying missiles in flight.

Maintenance and training are part of the deal Bucharest struck with the United States. The price agreed on will be paid in advance, Romanian website profit.ro said.

The Romanian Defence Ministry will also buy armoured vehicles of the type Piranha 5. The government in Bucharest and US company General Dynamics will create a joint venture in Romania to build vehicles.

Romania signed for the purchase of several Airbus H215 helicopters for the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The helicopters will be built at Airbus’s plant in Brașov in central Romania.

According to Romanian media reports, the agreement with Airbus was signed when French President Emmanuel Macron visited Romania recently.

 

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