Romania to Buy 200 PAC-2 GEM-T Air Defence Missiles Through NSPA

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Romania to Buy 200 PAC-2 GEM-T Air Defence Missiles Through NSPA

Defense News ,Romania :- Romania is taking steps to make its air defense stronger by buying 200 PAC-2 GEM-T missiles. The country Ministry of National Defense shared this decision as part of a bigger plan supported by NATO.

This missile purchase is part of a large contract worth USD 5.5 billion, managed by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). The contract involves COMLOG, a collaboration between Raytheon and MBDA Germany. The plan is important because it aims to provide 1,000 PATRIOT air defense missiles, benefiting not only Romania but also key NATO members like Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain.

Romania is investing EUR 1.09 billion in the PAC-2 GEM-T missiles. This decision reflects the country strategic response to the changing security challenges in Eastern Europe, especially considering Russia recent actions against Ukraine. Romanian Defense Minister Angel Tilvar noted, "This acquisition shows the Alliance ability to adjust to the security situations we face."

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized the importance of such investments in the current world situation. He stated, "This investment demonstrates the strength of transatlantic defense cooperation and NATO dedication to security. Increasing ammunition production is crucial for Ukraine security and ours."

The choice to proceed with this missile purchase aligns with the goals of the European Sky Shield Initiative (ESSI), led by Germany. ESSI aims to create a complete European air and missile defense system through collaborative efforts in acquiring equipment.

Currently, Romania has four Patriot missile batteries, and there are plans to expand this arsenal. This expansion follows the approval of seven systems by the US State Department in 2017.

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