The US Army has agreed to deliver three additional Patriot integrated air and missile defence systems to the Armed Forces of Romania.

With the agreement, the US Government is expected to start contract negotiations with Raytheon.

All Raytheon-built Patriot fire units being delivered to the Romanian Armed Forces will be newly built.

Raytheon Romania country manager Mike Ellison said: “Romania is purchasing the most advanced, capable, cutting-edge tactical ballistic missile defence system in the world.

“Patriot has been tested thousands of times in peace and repeatedly proven itself in combat. Simply put, Patriot saves lives.”

“This will enhance Romania’s ability to train with the US Army and other NATO allies.”

The missile defence system comprises radars, command-and-control technology and multiple types of interceptors, all integrated together to detect, identify and defeat missiles, drones, advanced aircraft and other threats.

Raytheon Romania Patriot programme manager Michelle DeMaio said: “Romania’s Patriot fire units will have the same hardware and software suite as the US Army’s Patriot fire units.

“This will enhance Romania’s ability to train with the US Army and other Nato allies.”

The current deal will support the Romanian Air Force’s plan to procure four fire units, in addition to bolstering the Romanian Armed Forces’ intention to purchase seven of the air and missile defence systems.

A total of 15 other nations have acquired the defence system, including the US, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, Poland, and Sweden.