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Romania approved for F-16 upgrades in $175.4M deal

Romania approved for F-16 upgrades in $175.4M deal

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Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department approved the sale of upgrades to the F-16 fighter planes of Romania's air force, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced. The $ 175.5 million deal, with Lockheed Martin as its principal contractor, is expected to be approved by the U.S. Senate, the agency said Tuesday in a press release. Advertisement The deal includes itemized upgrades to the avionics, software, communication equipment, navigational aids, and cockpit of the F-16AMs in the Romanian Air Force. Among the specific upgrades are Global Positioning Systems, Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems, Advanced Identification Friend or Foe systems and cryptography equipment, DSCA said. Romania, a NATO member since 2004, has 16 F-16 variants in i...
U.S. approves sale of missile defense system to Romania

U.S. approves sale of missile defense system to Romania

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Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The United States cleared Romania to purchase coastal defense missiles in a $ 300 million deal, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Friday. The State Department approved the sale of two Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense Systems and related equipment. Advertisement The system includes missiles suited for land attack missions because they can climb and descend with the terrain as well as having sea-skimming capabilities. It was successfully tested in a land-based mobile launcher configuration in 2018 as part of a multinational military exercise, its manufacturer, Raytheon, said. Raytheon builds the system in conjunction with Norwegian defense company Kongsberg Defence Aerospace. In 2019, the U.S. Marine Corps became a customer, integrating a land-based Nava...
Lockheed awarded $492.1M for HIMARS systems for U.S., Poland, Romania

Lockheed awarded $492.1M for HIMARS systems for U.S., Poland, Romania

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July 16 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin was awarded a $ 492.1 million contract for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems M142 launchers and associated hardware for the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, Romania and Poland. The contract includes Poland's first acquisition of HIMARS launchers. In February, Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, at a meeting in Warsaw with President Andrzej Duda and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, signed an agreement worth $ 414 million for 20 HIMARS launchers, including two trainers, as well as Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems missiles and Army Tactical Missile Systems ammunition. In November, the State Department approved a possible contract $ 655 million in foreign military sales with Poland for the total weapons system. A Defense Security Cooperation Agen
Raytheon to supply Romania with Patriot missile defense systems

Raytheon to supply Romania with Patriot missile defense systems

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Nov. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Army has signed a deal to supply the Romanian government with three Raytheon defense systems. Romania will use the new Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems -- the country's second order of the systems in the last two years -- to deter any any threats to its borders. The Patriot is a surface-to-air missile provides the "backbone" to the missile defense capabilities used by NATO nations to ward off missile and advanced drone attacks, Raytheon said in a press release. The Patriot is equipped with a AN/MPQ-53/65 Radar Set and an electronic counter-countermeasure, or ECCM, and track-via-missile, or TVM, guidance subsystems. "Romania is purchasing the most advanced, capable, cutting edge tactical ballistic missile defense system in the world," Mike Ellison, Raytheon's c...
Anti-government protests turn violent in Romania

Anti-government protests turn violent in Romania

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Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Demonstrators clashed with police on Friday as an anti-government protest in Romania's capital, Bucharest, turned violent. Tens of thousands showed up for the rally, which called on Romanians living abroad to return home to protest what they say is a corrupt government. Chief complaints among the demonstrators are legislative changes that many say will weaken the rule of law. "We want democracy and laws that defend citizens, not politicians," Moise Maracine, a protester who flew from Britain, where he lives and owns a business, told The New York Times. As angry crowds shouted for government officials to resign, demonstrators clashed with officials. Some threw bottles and rocks at the police, prompting law enforcement to fire tear gas into the crowd. More than 240 people ...