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Romanian government approves the acquisition of 32 Norwegian F-16 fighters

Romanian government approves the acquisition of 32 Norwegian F-16 fighters

The Romanian government approved a bill to purchase 32 second-hand Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets from Norway on June 16, 2022. The order is worth approximately €454 million and includes US Air Force (USAF) training of support personnel. 

The move will allow the Romanian Air Force (RoAF) to create a squadron with minimum operational, maintenance, planning and flying capability necessary for the safe operation of the F-16 aircraft. The Force already flies 17 F-16s, acquired from Portugal in 2016. These aircraft will replace the ageing MiG-21 LanceR fighters that currently constitute the backbone of the RoAF fighter fleet, with about 20 currently in operation.Romanian government approves the acquisition of 32 Norwegian F-16 fightersRoAF LanceRs experienced multiple incidents recently. The authorities, following the incidents, announced they would speed up the acquisition process for theRoyal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) F-16 fighters.Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) is also looking for customers for its F-16s.

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