Romania Buys 12 F-16 Aircraft from Portugal
(Source: Focus News Agency; published Sept. 25, 2012)
BUCHAREST --- Romania will pay Portugal USD 600 million in a period of five years for 12 F-16 jet fighter aircraft, the Macedonian news website Libertas reported.
The news was confirmed by Defense Minister Corneliu Dobriţoiu. He said that Romania would pay EUR 70 million in the first tranche next year.
The aircraft will be presented after the pilots’ training is over in 2016. (ends)
Corneliu Dobritoiu: Romania Observes EU Directives on F-16 Aircraft Acquisition
(Source: ACT Romanian News Agency; published Sept. 24, 2012)
Romania observes to the letter all European Union (EU) directives concerning the acquisition of F-16 multirole aircrafts from Portugal, National Defence Minister Corneliu Dobritoiu said on Saturday, while attending 'Aeronautic Show 2012.'
“We shall come up with a decision draft within CSAT. We are competing, as you know, with the Bulgarians. Referring to the acquisition, I assure you, all Romania's citizens and the EU partners included, that Romania observes absolutely all EU directives for this acquisition, to the letter,” Corneliu Dobritoiu said, referring to the multirole aircraft acquisition from Portugal.
The Minister also said that although some feared that a tender should be organized, as the European Commission demanded, the aircraft would be bought within an intergovernmental agreement concerning the military technique in use, which eliminated the need for organizing a tender.
Corneliu Dobritoiu told Agerpres in August that Romania could buy F-16 from Portugal, the aircraft being in “a very good” condition, according to the experts that evaluated their technical state.
The Minister pointed out that the multirole programme “is more than acceptable,” having the possibility of negotiating the final amount for the aircraft acquisition with the Portuguese partner.