04 Dec 2017

Romania signs contract with US government for Patriot missile defence system

The government of Romania agreed a deal to buy Raytheon’s missile defence system, Patriot, from the US Army.

The agreement paves the way for Romania’s Patriot force to rapidly reach Initial Operational Capability, and sets the stage for the US government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon.

Patriot is a purely defensive system that forms a crucial part of NATO’s defence against ballistic and cruise missiles, advanced aircraft and drones.

Romania will receive the Patriot Configuration 3+, the most advanced configuration available, as well as an undisclosed quantity of GEM-T and PAC-3 MSE interceptor missiles.  These interceptors will enable Romania’s military to defeat current and emerging threats.

Romania’s purchase of the system will also help the country meet its NATO commitment to spend at least 2% of its GDP on defence.

Tom Laliberty, Raytheon Vice President of Integrated Air and Missile Defense said: “With its newly built Patriot capability, Romania’s military will have the ability to defend Romania and its NATO allies.

“Patriot will also enable Romanian air defenders to train, exercise and interoperate with their U.S. and European counterparts.”

Thirteen other nations utilise Patriot to protect their citizens and armed forces, including the US and four other European nations: Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Spain.

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