|Quoting gipsy (Reply 6):|
What an idiotic decision. Why not take the 24 Gripens for 1.3 billion? That would them give an aircraft for the next 25 years, in sufficient numbers. I doubt these old F16 will make it that long. So in 10 to 15 years a replacement is needed again anyway. Then 600 millions plus an unknown (old birds only get worse) amount of money for spares and maintenance is down the drain. Very smart...someone must have persuaded them properly.
|Quoting ThePointblank (Reply 8):|
What isn't reported if the $600 million includes spares and maintenance or excludes it, or it includes something that wasn't reported.
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Defense Ministry signs contract for F-16 aircraft purchase
Friday, October 11, 2013
Defense minister Mircea Dusa announced on Thursday that he had signed a contract with the Portuguese for the purchase of F-16 airplanes and had paid the first installment of 100 million euro from the total amount of 600 million euro as stipulated by contract.
Minister Dusa said, early this month that the equipping program with multirole aircraft would begin this fall by modernizing the airplanes Romania purchased from Portugal. The first F-16 planes will reach Romania in 2015, according to the protocol.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on November 8, 2013 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Romania of weapons, equipment, and support for 12 F-16 MLU block 15 for an estimated cost of $457 million.
The Government of Romania has requested a possible sale of weapons, equipment, and support for 12 F-16 MLU block 15 aircraft that will be procured through a third party transfer from Portugal. Articles and services will include:
13 Embedded Global Positioning Systems/Inertial Navigation Systems (EGPS/INS) with GPS Security Devices, Airborne
3 AN/ALQ-131 Electronic Countermeasure Pods
30 AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM)
5 AIM-120C Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs)
60 AIM-9M Sidewinder Missiles
4 AIM-9M CATMs
48 LAU-129 Launchers
10 GBU-12 Enhanced Guided Bomb Units
18 AGM-65H/KB Maverick Missiles
4 AGM-65 CATMs
15 Multifunctional Information Distribution System/Low Volume Terminals
2 Multifunctional Information Distribution System Ground Support Systems
Also included are spare and repair parts, support equipment, tanker support, ferry services, repair and return services, software development/integration, test and equipment, supply support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $457 million.
The proposed sale will support the Romanian Air Force’s (RoAF) efforts to equip and utilize the 12 F-16 aircraft it is procuring from Portugal. These aircraft will provide the RoAF with a fleet of modernized multi-role combat aircraft. This proposed sale of weapons, equipment, and follow-on F-16 support will enable Romania to support both its own air defense needs and coalition operations. The RoAF will have no difficultly absorbing these systems into its armed forces.