The Pentagon is expected to send 24 new Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighters and another 24 used F-16 from older generations that will need further upgrades.
The US Congress was briefed about this military contract. The total amount of the deal is $ 4.5 Billion and the Congress has 30 days to oppose it - but such veto is very unlikely.
Participating to this deal are Lockheed Martin, Boeing Co, BAE Systems Plc, Raytheon Co, Northrop Grumman Corp, Pratt & Whitney - a divison of United Technologies Corp, General Electric Co, Goodrich Corp and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.
The Romanian Defense Ministry has started the aquisition program called "The Multi-Role Aircraft" evaluated at 3.5 Billion Euro with the purpose of replacing the aging and outdated MIG Lancer russian fighter planes scheduled for dismantling in 2010.
So far, the Romanian air defense is considering the US made F-16, F-18, the Swedish Saab Gripen, the EU manufactured Eurofighter Typhoon si and the French Rafale.
Translated in English from Ziare.com
Romania: a steadfast US ally in the war against Islamofascism.
Just don't expect the American liberal media to admit Bush didn't go to war alone...
Romanian Troops on patrol in Afghanistan
Romanian Special Forces toops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan