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

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.

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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 Naval Strike Missile into its force structure. And in 2018, the Navy selected the Naval Strike Missile for its over-the-horizon defense of littoral combat ships and future frigates.

The system is currently in use by Norway, Poland, the United States, Malaysia and Germany. Romania has been a NATO member since 2004.

The proposed sale will improve Romania’s maritime defense capabilities in the Black Sea and increase interoperability with the United States, the DSCA statement said.

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