The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible $3.9bn foreign military sale (FMS) of Patriot air defence systems to Romania.
Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence system that can counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.
Under the sale, the Government of Romania has ordered seven Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units.
Each system will contain a AN/MPQ-65 radar set and AN/MSQ-132 engagement control station, with a combined 13 antenna mast groups, 28 M903 launching stations, 56 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, 168 Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, and seven electrical power plants (EPP) III.
In addition, Romania requested communications equipment, tools and test equipment, support equipment, prime movers and generators.
The sale also covers publications and technical documentation, training equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training, TAFT team, US Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services.
Procurement is expected to increase Romanian military’s defensive capabilities to guard against aggression and protect the Nato allies who often train and operate within Romania’s borders.
The Patriot missile system is intended to strengthen Romania’s homeland defence and will be used to deter regional threats.
The PAC-3 missile has increased effectiveness against tactical ballistic and cruise missiles, through the use of advanced firing technology.
Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin will serve as prime contractors for the proposed sale.
Image: PAC-3 missile launcher. Photo: courtesy of US Army.