Romania to buy Patriot missile defence systems

  • Nikola Blokešová
  • 25.4.2017 16:47

On 20 April, the chief of the Romanian General Staff, Nicolae Ionel Ciuca, announced that Romania is planning to acquire the Patriot missile defence systems. This was shortly after confirmed by Raytheon, the system's manufacturer, but neither the company nor Romania have yet specified the size or the delivery of the order.

Romania is one of the few European NATO members that is already approaching the NATO military spending target of 2 % GDP – Romania’s military spending was 1,7 % GDP in 2016 and is set to reach the target in 2017. The Patriot acquisition is a part of Romania’s complex plan to modernise its military, which also involves buying armoured personnel carriers from Germany and replacing outdated MiG supersonic jets with new F-16s. The trend of increasing military spending can also be observed in a number of other European NATO member states – countries such as France, Lithuania or Poland (who is also planning on buying Patriot systems) are currently aiming for more self-sufficiency when it comes to the protection of their air space.

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