Date: 28 February 2018
Romania Buys First 3 HIMARS American Rocket Systems, as Part of a $ 1.25 Billion Program
After the Romanian Parliament gave the final approval on HIMARS American Rocket Systems acquisition program last week, the first 3 missile units will be delivered to the Romanian Army. The Romanian – American agreement was signed in Bucharest, in the presence of the State Seceraty Mircea Dusa and of the Chief of the Romanian General Staff, Nicolae Ciuca. The procurement program is carried out according to the approval of the Romanian Parliament, under a state contract assigned by the Government of Romania to the Government of the United States of America.
Based on the 2% of GDP defence spending, assumed by Romanian authorities last year, the 2017-2026 Romanian Army Endowment Programs are accounted to have a total value of approximately EUR 10 billions. The recent acquisition of the HIMARS American Rocket Systems is just a small part of a $ 1.25 Billion Program which should continue in the following period.
According to an official communcation on behalf of the American Security Cooperation Agency (www.dsca.mil), published in August last year, the Romanian Government has requested the possible sale of fifty-four (54) High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) Launchers, eighty-one (81) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) M31A1 Unitary, eighty-one (81) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) M30A1 Alternative Warhead, fifty-four (54) Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) M57 Unitary, twenty-four (24) Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), fifteen (15) M1151A1 HMMWVs, Utility, Armored, and fifteen (15) M1151A1 HMMWVs, Armor Ready 2-Man. Also included with this request are: fifty-four (54) M1084A1P2 HIMARS Resupply Vehicles (RSVs) (5 ton, Medium Tactical Cargo Vehicle with Material Handling Equipment), fifty-four (54) M1095 MTV Cargo Trailer with RSV kit, and ten (10) M1089A1P2 FMTV Wreckers (5 Ton Medium Tactical Vehicle Wrecker with Winch), thirty (30) Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets and other support and communications equipment.
Last July, Romanian authorities have requested the possible sale of seven (7) Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units consisting of: seven (7) AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, seven (7) AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations, thirteen (13) antenna mast groups, twenty-eight (28) M903 launching stations, fifty-six (56) Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, one hundred and sixty-eight (168) Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, and seven (7) Electrical Power Plants (EPP) III.
National authorities have stated for several times the need of modernisation and try, in the same time, to convince the US partners to start the production of militray vehicles and technology in Romania. As part of the general agreement with the US Government, 227 PIRANHA V armored fighting vehicles will be delivered to the Romanian Army, by the U.S. group General Dynamics. With first 30 armed vehicles to be delivered from Switzerland and next 6 ones to be assembled in Romania, US and Romanian authorities agreed that the Bucharest Mechanical Factory could produce the remaining 191 Piranha V, in a Romanian-American joint venture.
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